I have a question regarding virtual memory. First let me begin by providing my computer system features: Brand new Dell XPS400 computer with 2.8 GHz Pentium D dual core processor; 2 GB of SD DDR2 RAM; 320 GB hard drive (7200 RPM), of which 270 GB are free; and running Windows XP MCE O/S. I am getting into video editing as a novice/beginner and hope to accomplish light to medium duty video capturing/editing/DVD authoring in the near future. My new computer’s purpose is NOT just strictly for video editing. It will also be using it for photo editing, spreadsheets, internet usage, watching DVD movie titles, etc. Maybe 10% of its use will be video editing. I’ve read your article “Virtual Memory Optimization Guide Rev 4.1" I am interested in making the correct page file type and size for my computing needs. First of all, I will not be adding a second hard drive to my computer, so my PageFile will reside on the same drive (drive C) as my operating system and system/program files. The current default settings on my new computer as provided by the original XP O/S installation by Dell has the Initial size for virtual memory set to 2046 MB (1x) and the Maximum size set to 4092 MB (2x). In Microsoft’s article #308417 – How to set performance options in Windows XP, Microsoft recommends a 1.5x/3x setting (3069 MB/6138 MB). Several internet forums suggest setting the Initial and Maximum Settings to 2x/2x (4092 MB/4092 MB). I posed this entire scenario to my Dell Tech Rep, and he recommended I follow the Microsoft recommended settings of 1.5x/3x. Based on my computer configuration and my user needs, and the fact that I want optimum performance across the board, not just for video editing, and I only want to adjust this setting one time and leave it permanent, which setting do you recommend – the 2x/2x or the 1.5x/3x? I’m just trying to find out what would be best for me based on my computer’s profile utilizing one hard drive, and how I will be using the computer. Which setting will give me the best overall performance and will also give me the best overall performance for video editing when I need it? Also, I'm a little confused. Doesn't Virtual Memory = Physical Memory (RAM) + Page File? If so, is the Initial Setting size and Maximum Setting size the Virtual Memory amount or the Page File amount? In other words, do these two values (Initial and Maximum) include the physical RAM size or not? Thanks for your help.