I have a laptop with 2GB of RAM, running Windows XP.
This machine is provided by my client, and I'm required to use it.
I'm having to run some pretty intensive apps on the laptop (2 IDE's and a web server), and have found that it goes extremely slowly. Looking at the task manager, I see that my Page File usage is sitting around 2.72 GB.
I believe this indicates that I'd get significant performance improvements from upgrading my RAM to 4GB - as this would decrease the amount of paging required. (Is this assumption correct?)
Unfortunately, the client won't upgrade the RAM.
Is using a thumbdrive for my page file likely to provide any performance improvements here?
I had heard that thumbdrives can improve performance, since they're read/write times are significantly lower than my current hard drive. (again - is this correct?)
Is this even an option on XP, and if so, how do I go about doing it?