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What is the purpose of “C:\swapfile.sys” in Windows 8?

On Windows 8 there are the following two files in C:\ pagefile.sys - no surprise. It is as big as I configured as my page file size swapfile.sys - it is 256MB in size What is the purpose of this ...
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How can I move the page file to another physical disk location?

I would like to know exact instructions for moving the page file from 1 disk location to another disk in Windows 7. I.e. from an SSD to a non-SSD drive. I've spent about two hours searching - ...
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Windows pagefile size with large RAM and SSD

I just upgraded my Windows 7 machine from 12GB to 24GB RAM - both for running more VMs and for future proofing. My C drive is an SSD with 129GB formatted size. I was surprised to find out that the ...
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Any reason not to disable the Windows pagefile given enough physical RAM? [closed]

The question of disabling the Windows pagefile has already been discussed quite a bit, for example here and here and here. People continue to upvote answers that say "you should not disable your ...
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What are hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys files, and can I safely delete them?

I noticed two big (~ 2GB) files (hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys) at the root of my C: drive and wondered what they were. I searched on google and found some interesting links, but did not find any ...
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Windows Swap (Page File): Enable or Disable?

From my personal experience I've noticed that disabling the page file in Windows XP has given me, in general, the most speed gain out of any other software change I can make. Obviously this has to be ...
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How can I make my computer use more RAM?

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB of RAM. The problem is, I very rarely use all of it. I do some video editing from time to time and it definitely comes in handy then, but for everyday use, I'm ...
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Increase page file or buy RAM?

I've a 10+ year old XP PC which surprisingly still works however one of the 256MB RAM finally died. Now I am left with just 256MB. As expected the PC became slower however when I tried to increase the ...
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Should I put my page file on its own partition?

I have enough room on my OS hard disk to make a separate partition for the page file, but my power supply isn't enough to give it its own drive. Is it better to put the Windows page file on its own ...
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What's wrong with disabling the Windows page file?

People say that you always need a page file, and that it will increase performance, but my Windows 7 is set to run without a page file. I simply don't understand why people say this - I have 6 GiB of ...
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Any reason not to disable Windows kernel paging?

So I'm planning on eventually going to 2 GB (mobo max) RAM from 1 GB, and I want to disable kernel paging once I do, because I've heard it can give a performance boost (and that I believe). Any reason ...
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Windows page file on multiple hard drives

I cant find any documentation or articles online online for this... how does Windows handle page files on multiple hard drives? Does windows treat them as a concatenation, writing to one till its ...
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How to “swap in” again memory from page file to physical memory in Windows at once (like linux swap-off)

Is there a way to swap back in (to put back all the memory data that was put into the page file (or swap, whatever you prefer)) memory on a windows PC? On linux, one can easily do this with the ...
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How to suppress “low memory” warnings in Vista Home Premium when running without paging file?

A few weeks ago I disabled all paging files on my Media Center. I figured that it only ever runs AVG, Media Center, Logmein, Chrome and sundry services to support these and never gets above 1.4-1.5GB ...
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How do I decrease the size of the page file?

I just upgraded my laptop RAM to 12GB (W510, 4 DIMM slots), and since I am using a SSD, I find hard drive space to be quite precious. However, since I have more than enough RAM for most stuff, I think ...
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Confused about Windows 7 64-bit page file with SSD

I followed this advice to get Windows to use more RAM and less paging. To be honest, I'm a total noob to all this page file stuff. I've always just assumed that Windows was using the 8 GB of ram I ...
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Explorer.exe keeps crashing if effects are enabled

The explorer.exe keeps crashing before every minute after starts when all the effects are activated. These are the details of the error: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: InPageError ...
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Why does the pagefile.sys of windows 8 shrink to just about 25% of the size of RAM when hibernation is enabled?

I'm a Windows 8 user, and I've got 2GB RAM. I noticed the following phenomenon: When hibernate is disabled, the pagefile.sys will be the same size as my RAM. But when hibernate is enabled, the ...
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Windows 7 process which changes pagefile size configuration?

I am working to debug an issue where my PC randomly freezes after being idle. At one point I had disabled my page file, but noted I was not getting crash dumps because of this. I am running an SSD, so ...
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Should the pagefile be placed on the SSD or the HDD?

I have read quite a bit about the placement of page files lately (researching my question) and have not found an answer specific to my question, so hopefully someone here can help. New system being ...
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Size of pagefile.sys on Windows 7

A friend of mine is running Windows 7 with 24 GB RAM and her pagefile.sys is also 24 GB in size. She is not running with anything that takes up that much RAM or diskspace. I searched a bit and ran ...
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How does Windows page when there are multiple pagefiles on multiple disks? [duplicate]

Let's say I have two internal HDDs and configure Windows to place pagefiles on both of them. How do pagefile writes occur? Are pagefile writes spread evenly across the disks? Does Windows prefer ...
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How to interpret Windows XP's Virtual Memory Info - the 10 numbers and 1 graph

How are the numbers in the Windows XP Virtual Memory info to be interpreted? I am actually just interested in: 1) What is the total size that is free as in "untouched" physical RAM, so that the ...
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Pagefile.sys uses a lot of hard drive

What is pagefile.sys? I takes up a lot of space on the main partition of my hard drive.
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On Windows 7, does it help to use two partitions on the hard drive for virtual memory page file?

I noticed we can set two hard drives or more for virtual memory page file. But my guess is, if it is the same hard drive, just two different partitions, then it may as well be just one partition? ...
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Windows 7 / Page File Disabled / 12 GB RAM / 2+ GB RAM free and “your computer is running low on memory”

So I am running on Windows 7 (64-bit) Home Premium with 12 GB RAM (Intel Core i7 920). I have restricted the Page File to 400MB since it was eating up a lot of space om my SSD (that is 80GB). After ...
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How to kill tasks in Windows 7 when even Task Manager won't open or respond?

Occasionally one of my computers will get so bogged down that everything locks up, Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't work, Task Manager won't open, or they work, but are opening so slowly that it will take hours ...
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How to keep program always in memory (no swapping)

I'm using KeePass (on Windows 7) for storing passwords. The application is running on my laptop almost 100% of the time, but I'm using it rarely. The problem is, that activating the window after ...
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What has more impact on performance: Readyboost or paging file on a system with 2GB RAM?

I have my paging file turned off in Vista as i have heard that it is not needed and in some cases may slow down a system that has >=2GB RAM. (no sure how true this is, but i notice that having it ...
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Can I remove pagefile.sys to save space on my SSD?

My computer has Windows 8 installed on a SSD. The SSD is only 250GB large and I'm trying to clear up some space. WinDirStat found that a large file is "PageFile.sys". It's 8GB. Looking on google, I ...
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11GB Standby RAM File.. Low memory warning Battlefield 4. WIN 8.1

Hey I'm a computer enthusiast/programmer. Problem: Low memory warning on a: when playing battlefield 4. It's to do with Virtual Memory. Windows successfully diagnosed a low virtual memory condition. ...
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Change the volume the windows page file is on

I have a setup where I'm booting to a vhd in windows 7. My drive has 2 main partitions that I use. For whatever reason, inside the VHD, the page file was put to my "secondary" partition. I'm wanting ...
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disable pre-emptive swapping in windows xp

If I leave my XP pc for a while, it seems to swap most of my processes to disc. I come back to use it after X hours/days and each process takes 10-30s to get going as it loads it in off disc. It seems ...
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How to diagnose very slow pagefile

Quite often, one of the applications I use freezes (“does not respond”) for a while, in extreme cases for few minutes. This happens especially when when switching apps. During this time, the HDD light ...
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Ideal location for pagefile for workstation?

I have a workstation with 16GB of RAM, an 80GB boot SSD, and a software 4x 80GB array for scratch, running Windows 7 64-bit professional. The SSD is slower in sustained throughput than the array ...
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Has someone written (or is aware of) an instruction guide for setting up a RAMDisk and using it for pagefile.sys?

I was talking with a friend the other day about Windows in general and I mentioned that there is, unfortunately no way (that I was aware of) to disable the page file within Windows. Regardless of the ...
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Does moving/ reallocating Pagefile.sys affect performance (Windows 7)?

I've reallocated my pagefile to a different partition (1GB on primary partition and 4GB on a different one), does this affect any performance or cause any known issues in future? (My system has 4GB ...
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Is there anyway to stop Windows XP from using the page file?

I have 2 GB of RAM on my computer and I noticed that Windows XP keeps on using the page file even with enough RAM available. This is really affecting the performance of the computer and making it way ...
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Will using FAT32 provide better pagefile performance than NTFS?

Is FAT32 faster than NTFS regarding pagefile performance? In http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938440.aspx, it says that FAT32 is faster when using smaller volumes. It is assumed that ...
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Will placing a pagefile on a 2nd physical disk prevent that disk from powering down?

I would like to span my Windows 7 pagefile across a 2nd disk, but I would still like that disk to be able to power down when idle (and when virtual memory use < physical memory size). Are these ...
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What happens when Windows 7 system runs out of physical AND pagefile memory?

I've read a tons of articles about whether to disable or not to disable PageFile in Windows. For example: ...
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Can a full pagefile slow down my PC?

I was working on a company computer, trying to figure out what was wrong with it, why it was running so slow. I started running a chkdsk Friday afternoon, and it took almost an hour just to get to 2% ...
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Page file becomes enormous

I have reinstalled winXP a few months ago on my 6 year old laptop with 512 mb of ram and 1.6 ghz celeron M processor. Everything seems to run fine, I've fixed the overheating problem about a year ...
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Scheduled Task Priority and Paging problems

I just scheduled a task in my Windows 7, and I have 2 problems with it: The process starting with Below Normal priority. Even after manually changing the priority to Normal (via Task Manager), the ...
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Any performance gain by putting Windows Pagefile.sys onto an Software RAID-0 Striped Volume?

I have a workstation class laptop running 64bit Windows-7 with 8GB-RAM (expandable to 16GB) and Dual SATA2 7200rpm disks. I know my system will be making heavy use of the pagefile since I will be ...
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how much swap space is too much on x64 and will cause problems?

Apart from using up too much disk space, how much swap space can you allocate before it will degrade performance or cause problems on an x64 OS? What differences are there between the x64 OSes? I'm ...
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Windows 8 pagefile on usb FLASH

Not duplicate :) Windows 8 hides usb flash drives in the list of virtual memory drive list. The picture taken when I installed 2 usb flash drives but they are not in the list. Any body knows the ...
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What drive would have better performance for paging in this situation? [closed]

Pretext: I'm re-installing my system, with an un-attended install, and I'm moving my users directory to another drive. Question: I'm wondering where would I see more performance? Should I keep my ...
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How to disable swapping / set page file usage for certain applications?

There is 1.5Gb RAM at the test computer, and usually, 900Mb of them are free. When I launch an application which takes about 500Mb, Windows 7 goes with swapping, and occasionally this leads to huge ...
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Memory Pressure with 5 GB Used as Caches?

I manage a fairly powerful workstation, but for some reason the box is very sluggish. Looking at the task manager, I see that almost no memory is free and a lot is used as caches (which IMO should be ...