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Chapter 23. Maintaining and Troubleshoot... > Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 ...

Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 Environment: How Hardware Profiles Are Supported in the Registry

Virtual memory in Windows 98 is a dynamic process. Thus, as demand for memory increases, the virtual memory swap file can flex, or grow, to meet the demand. Disk resources are used efficiently because the swap file also becomes smaller as the demand for memory decreases. The Windows 98 system must have enough disk space, or "extra capacity," for the swap file to grow to an optimal size when necessary.

Because the Windows 98 swap file is dynamic, it can shrink or grow based on the operations performed on the system and based on available disk space. A dynamic swap file is usually the most efficient use of resources. A swap file can also reside on a fragmented region of a hard drive with little or no performance penalty. To get the best performance out of the swap file, make sure that the disk containing the swap file has plenty of free space so that the swap file size can shrink and grow as needed.


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