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If you want to make Windows NT/2000 faster, there's a registry hack to keep it from paging the executive kernel - (translate OS kernel files)

When running Windows NT/2000, sometimes people wish that they could take an advantage of the large amounts of memory that they have installed in their workstations and servers.

There is a registry setting called DisablePagingExecutive that will allow you to keep pagable User-mode and kernel-mode drivers and kernel-mode system code in memory, thus making better use of system memory and also making your system much faster.

Here's the directions to modify the registry key in question:

1. Start the Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe), and go to the following subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management

2. Change the entry, DisablePagingExecutive, from 0 to 1:

Value Name: DisablePagingExecutive
Data Type : REG_DWORD
Data : 0 or 1
Default : 0

3. Reboot your system and that's it.

For further in-depth information please see TechNet article

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"How to Stop the NTExecutive from Paging to Disk -- Q184419".


  • Round and round we go! This topic has been a sure winner after every iteration of MS Windows. And we'll never stop if we are stupid enough to think that Microsoft will ever produce a Windows system that has reasonable, error minimal performance! Win98 is all of the nightmare I care to live with, ever again. I've decided to emigrate from the ranks of those hapless masochist droves straining to touch the hem of Bill Gates. Never mind, penguins are much more cute! — Red Sails

This was first published in July 2001

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