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Yet More Improvements for Windows 7 RC

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March 16, 2009 3:06:37 PM

that's a good work, all the focus on the details, they listen finally! :D 
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March 16, 2009 4:00:10 PM

Non PnP devices? How are people getting Windows 7 drivers for such devices, or are there companies out there making new products that aren't plug and play? PnP came in with Windows 95, didn't it?

Also, Window's by default just needs to not use the PageFile. I know the pagefile can be turned off, but Windows should make every effort to avoid it on its own. As RAM becomes cheaper and cheaper, I can't imagine that there needs to be any data stored in the page file.
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March 16, 2009 4:58:31 PM

hellwigAlso, Window's by default just needs to not use the PageFile. I know the pagefile can be turned off, but Windows should make every effort to avoid it on its own. As RAM becomes cheaper and cheaper, I can't imagine that there needs to be any data stored in the page file.


I agree completely. And yet, they make it 1,5x the RAM. So let's see.. if I get new X58 MBO and i7, and plug in 12GB of RAM I'll have swap (page file) of 18GB? Sooo in the end my computer will be even slower :D 

I never figured out who made those decisions.. but it's dumb. Instead, Windows should be monitoring user expirience, and set page file to the peak value of that Windows install (ever). So if I have 4GB RAM, and I never used more than 3GB it should stay zero (and force RAM-only). Or if I constantly use 3GB, and once upon a time I've peaked to 5GB, swap should be 1GB.. ok, maybe +100MB to make things safer. Even this is overly generous, but much better than having office computer with 2GB RAM that never gets over 1GB, and yet still having 4GB swap for nothing. Not to forget that somehow Windows uses swap before RAM, instead never using swap untill RAM is filled completely. Dooh!

I'll go post this to that blog as well :D 
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March 16, 2009 5:15:22 PM

hellwigNon PnP devices? How are people getting Windows 7 drivers for such devices, or are there companies out there making new products that aren't plug and play? PnP came in with Windows 95, didn't it?

Usually those devices are specialized industrial controllers developed in house. The programmers are fixing their drivers, but changing the hardware is very expensive for very small quantities.
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March 17, 2009 8:17:44 AM

Page file for the regular windows user (office stuff or gaming) may not be very useful, but there are certain apps where you definitely need extra room regardless of the insane amount of RAM you may have. The swap file is just reserved space which is not used unless you run out of ram. You can also plug a "flash" stick into the USB port to speed up Windows. If you feel your new shiny i7 with 12gb of ram is lacking in the HDD department, invest some money in a decent RAID configuration instead ;) 
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May 11, 2009 10:48:00 AM

@luxzg:
actually, win7 allocates 1.5x page file if you have less than or equal to 2gb ram. over that upto 6 gb it allocates 1x and above that i don't know.
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