Thursday, November 1, 2012

Virtual memory -- off.

Today I got tired of sometimes having to wait tens of seconds for software to get swapped in on my work PC, so I turned off virtual memory on Windows completely. Apparently others have had success with this.

This is a Windows XP machine. (My employer plans to upgrade to Windows 7 early next year.) I have 4 GB of physical RAM, and Windows is making available a total of 3.16 GB of RAM.

I stressed my system by opening Lotus Notes, Visual Studio, Simulink, Stateflow, and Rhapsody Developer with a sample project, plus the usual web browser, music player, etc. The memory usage is hovering at 65%, and switching between windows has never been faster!

This just might work out.