Vista 3508 does not use as much RAM as it could?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by cf, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. cf

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    Something is bothering me:
    If, just when I write this message, I run "systeminfo" in a DOS box, I
    can see this:

    Total Physical Memory: 2 046 MB
    Available Physical Memory: 1 382 MB
    Page File: Max Size: 4 325 MB
    Page File: Available: 2 975 MB
    Page File: In Use: 1 350 MB

    Why does Vista prefers using page file when there is lots of RAM free?
    Why use so much Page File when there is enough RAM to host all
    Is there a way to force Vista to use first the RAM, then the PF?
    Thank you
    cf, Mar 6, 2006
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  2. I don't think I am correct, but Page File is being used to store temporary
    data such thumbnail data. If you ever open Pictures, and select and image
    and see a preview of the image in the Properties Bar or even a thumbnail
    itself in the Pictures folder, thats what it is used for, so they will
    appear to load faster instead of using the memory to render and regenerate
    them everytime. Thats Vista eats hard disk space so much I believe.
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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Mar 6, 2006
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  3. cf

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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64] a écrit :
    Well, it doesn't seem PF is used for thumbnails, as, even with 4
    pictures only in my Pictures folder, Explorer needs a few seconds to
    display a thumbnail... on a P4 2.8GHz HT with 2GB of RAM.
    Vista may just not be optimized yet on its RAM hunger ;)

    cf, Mar 7, 2006
  4. That of course, its a combination things really, so we just have to wait and
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