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How to Supersize the Swap File to get more Speed and Reliability from Windows

 12/10/2017 - 06:08
Speed and Reliability from Windows

Objective and Desired Result:

If you have some extra hard drive space or multiple hard drives
or multiple NTFS partitionson a hard drive, you can use the
extra hard drive space to speed up your "Windows.." computer
by supersizing the swap file.

64-BIT VERSIONS OF WINDOWS

If you have 64-bit versions of "Windows..", you can go to
"Control Panel"-->"System" --> "Advanced System Settings"
--> "Settings" in "Performance"-->"Advanced" tab -->"Change"
in order to supersize a "Custom" swap file.
Experiment with different sizes to see how they affect the speed of a specific
computer. We have utilized swap files as small as 10000 Megabyt
es (=10
Gigabytes) and as large as 200000 Megabytes (=200 Gigabytes).
If hard drive space is not an issue, we always set a "Custom" sized swap file and
we set both the "Initial size" and the "Maximum size" to the same value in order
to prevent the swap file(s) to cause hard disk defragmentation.

32-BIT VERSIONS OF "WINDOWS XP"

If you have 32-bit versions of "Windows XP", you usually have to edit the
"boot.ini" file by adding/PAEto the "Operating System" entry, prior to
setting a swap file that is greater than 4095 Megabytes (=4 Gigabytes).
"PAE" stands for "Physical Address Extension" is a Windows kernel extension.
In rare instances, you might encounter a processor chip that does not support
"PAE" and your computer will only boot in "Safe Mode" with
a press of the F8 key during bootup. Once you get into "Safe Mode",
you would then have to edit the "boot.ini" file to remove the/PAE
that you entered in earlier.
You might have to temporarily turn on "Show hidden files, folders, and drives"
and temporarily turn off "Hide protected operating system files" in "Folder
Options" in the Windows "Control Panel" prior to editing the "boot.ini" file.
If you are running Windows XP inside an "Oracle VM VirtualBox" virtual machine,
prior to editing the "boot.ini"file, you will probably have to turn on
"Enable PAE/NX" as follows:
Use the right mouse button to click on the "Windows XP" virtual machine in the
"Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager" window.
Select "Settings" from the pop-up context menu.
Click on the "System"
selection of the "Settings" box.
Click on the "Processor" tab.
Put a checkmark in the box to the left of "Enable PAE/NX", if there is not one
already.
Click on the "OK" button of the "Settings" box.

32-BIT VERSIONS OF "WINDOWS VISTA","WINDOWS 7"
, AND"WINDOWS 8"

If you have 32-bit versions of "Windows Vista",
"Windows 7", or "Windows 8", you
can use the "EasyBCD" software utility to "Force On" PAE:

"EasyBCD" is free for "private, non-commercial use".
On versions 2.1 and higher of "EasyBCD" are capable of
performing a "Force On" for "PAE" for 32-
bit versions of "Windows Vista" or "Windows 7".
Go to http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
Click on the text that says "Download free for limited, non
-commercial use"near
the bottom of this Web page.Install the "EasyBCD" program into your computer.
Start the "EasyBCD" program.
Click on "Advanced Settings".
Click on the "Advanced Tab".
Used the drop-down list button at the
right end of the "PAE Support" field to
select "Force Enable".
Click on "Save Settings".
Reboot your computer.
Now you can go to "Control Panel"
-->"System" --> "Advanced System Settings"
--> "Settings" in "Performance"-->"Advanced" tab
-->"Change"in order to supersize a "Custom" swap file.
 
32-BIT VERSIONS OF "WINDOWS XP"
INSIDE AN "ORACLE VM VIRTUALBOX"
VIRTUAL MACHINE

If you are running Windows XP inside an "Oracle VM VirtualBox" virtual machine,  
you will probably have to turn on "Enable PAE/NX" as follows:
Use the right mouse button
to click on the "Windows XP" virtual machine in the
"Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager" window.
Select "Settings" from the pop-up context menu.
Click on the "System" selection of the "Settings" box.
Click on the "Processor" tab.
Put a checkmark in the box to the left of "Enable PAE/NX",
if there is not one already.
Click on the "OK" button of the "Settings" box.

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