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Tips for people having page file problems when Installing Windows OS on a USB flash drive
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17 July 2012, 20:31 (2 years ago)
1) Register with this website so people know you are worth a response.
2) Provide just a little bit of info about your setup so we know where to start looking first. Anyone who has the knowledge + experience to answer a problem like yours probably doesn't have a ton of free time on their hands to attempt a remote mind read. I heard Intel is working on that technology but they have not yet released a stable candidate. For now we are all stuck typing out little paragraphs of info on forum boards like this one to get our ideas and pleas for help out to others... So, with this in mind:
a} Did you install the OS on a usb flash drive?
b} If so, what size is the drive?
c} Is there any other hard drives attached to the machine?
d} List your mobo->processor->ram specs
3) Regarding the paging file, I could give you the common parsimonious reply, 'google is your friend,' but that doesn't help anyone. To keep this post simple and save time, lets just say a paging file is a reserved area of space on a hard drive that occasionally helps out your ram. Windows places the paging file (aka page file) on the same drive that the os is installed on by default.
If you installed the os on a usb flash, thumb, stick, or pen drive that is 8GB (or less) then you might have some problems with how your page file is setup by default. It depends on how much ram is installed on the machine. Let's say the machine has 4GB of ram, which is common of consumer computers sold over the last three years or so. Windows will try to use approximately the same amount as a page file, which in this case means an area of around 4GB on your primary hard drive. However, the amount reserved for the page file, if handled automatically by windows, is not a fixed, set, or unchanging amount. The size varies; the amount is a variable or is dynamic. It depends on the types of applications you are using on the machine. With this in mind, my best quick/free advice to you is to plug in a second usb flash drive, at least 4GB, then find where you manually change the settings for the page file and deselect the option for Windows to handle the page file automatically, and set the page file on your primary hard drive (most likely your C: drive) to 1536MB (1.5GB) in both boxes, meaning that the size reserved will now no longer be dynamic. Then don't forget to set the paging file on the additional flash drive to the full capacity of the drive less 512-1024MB (as long as the second drive is 4GB-8GB in size)
Make sure to reboot when you are finished.
Oh, and try not to have too many streaming videos running concurrently as that can trigger a memory commit spike ;)
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