Posts for the month of December 2002

Optimize Swap File Performance

On systems with larger amounts of memory, more than 128Mb, the hard disk based swap file is not needed as much. This tweak optimizes the use of the swap file on such systems.

Using notepad open the SYSTEM.INI file in your Windows directory.

Find the [386Enh] section and add a new line reading


Save the file and restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Settings
Value Name: ConservativeSwapfileUsage
Value Data: 1

Improve Core System Performance

On systems with large amount of RAM this tweak can be enabled to force the core Windows system to be kept in memory and not paged to disk.

Registry Settings

System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
Value Name: DisablePagingExecutive
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = disable system paging)