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Would the windows.old folder contain the old pagefile?

I understand the windows.old contains user data and some other files, but does it contain the pagefile? As in the pagefile prior to a reset/update.
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How do I create a pagefile for memory dumps only?

In case of a blue screen I would like to get a memory dump (specifically a mini dump). But for that I would need to enable page file which I don't want to do. However, I've read somewhere that there ...
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PowerShell variables aren't passing to Invoke-Command

I'm putting a small script together to allow my team to update the page file min/max size and place the page file on a drive other than the system drive. If I run this script on the server with static ...
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What exactly triggers Windows to move its pagefile.sys to another disk or partition?

I run a number of test systems with Windows 10 Professional installed. All of these systems have a SSD drive with three partitions (C:, D:, and E:) installed. All systems are setup exactly the same ...
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Pagefile on D: partition being deleted after reboot

There's not much free space on system (C:) partition in my laptop NVMe SSD, thus I set pagefile to only 1GB so Windows can still generate crash dumps, and 3GB on another partition (D:) in the same ...
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Can I control how windows page file behaves? [duplicate]

As we all know Linux has swappiness option that we can change according to our needs to control how it behaves, so my question is, is there any command or anything like that what we can change to make ...
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Remote desktop connection low virtual memory after restart

I am trying to connect to my orange pi 5 running Armbian 23.02.2 Jammy using remote desktop connection from my laptop, which is running Windows 11. The first attempt was a failure, I got this low ...
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Performance Counter for Memory Mapped Files

When using memory mapped files I'm getting in situations where Windows stalls since new memory is allocated and processed faster than it can be written to disk using memory mappedfiles. The only ...
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Moving the Pagefile to a non-system drive fails in Windows 11, 22H2

I have Windows 11 Pro, 22H2(Build 22621.963), and I am running out of space on system drive, and I need to move the pagefile.sys to a non-system drive (other than C:) I have tried relocating the ...
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Deleting swapfile.sys when another partition is provisioned for paging in Windows 11

A Windows 11 system is configured with two physical storage devices. The first has a typical layout, of boot, reserved, and data partitions, whereas the second is partitioned exclusively for a page ...
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System Image Backup [Windows] - does it include pagefile etc?

Seeing as my target partition [C:] is around 75GB, the system image backup is ~50GB; does Windows include within the backup image these files? pagefile.sys hiberfil.sys swapfile.sys
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Windows 10 resisting configuration to delete pagefile on shutdown

Why would Windows 10 resist its configuration to delete its pagefile on shutdown? The configuration is: Windows 10 guest on an Ubuntu 22.04 host running VMware Workstation Player 16.2.4. The Windows ...
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How do I move Windows 11 64 bit page and hibernation files?

I have a notebook with 16 GB memory and 2 SSD drives. The primary drive (C:) has only 250 GB, the secondary (D:) has 1 TB. Both are BitLocker protected (its a notebook). I have installed most software ...
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"Windows created a temporary paging file" message after every startup

Despite my best effort researching and debugging this problem on my own, I haven't been able to solve it. Some basic info to start: I'm running the latest version of Windows 10 (no pending updates at ...
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Can small amount of tablet's RAM be compensated by virtual memory

If you have a 1 GB ram Windows 7/8/10 tablet then I assume there will be poor performance. Could it be improved by increasing the page file (virtual memory) size? Perhaps it's not so important to get ...
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Why did Windows put my pagefile on a different drive, and can I move it back?

I have a Windows 2012 server with a boot drive mounted as drive letter C, and a very large disk array (120 TB) attached and mounted as a single volume as drive letter F. I happened to notice that ...
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Will upgrading an SSD that is almost full help a RAM shortage via the paging file?

On my Win10 machine I have a 1TB SSD that's almost full and my 16GB of RAM has also become insufficient, with memory-intensive applications taking RAM usage up to almost 100% with everything becoming ...
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Enable memory compression without enabling pagefile in Windows 11 [duplicate]

It seems that when the pagefile is disabled, memory compression does not work. But according to the descriptions, this feature (memory compression) was exactly developed to make pagefile not needed. ...
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How much time am I spending in swap?

I think I'm getting slowness due to running out of memory and hitting swap. I've watched the hardfaults/sec in Resource Monitor and it's often over 1000. This is an issue generally during ...
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Pagefile keeps growing, but never fully utilised

My laptop runs Windows 10 Pro and has a 512GB SSD (~45GB free) and 16GB RAM. My page file is set to 'automatically managed'. Recently I've found that my pagefile keeps growing to the point where it ...
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Pagefile.sys fills dedicated SSD [duplicate]

I have 64 GB of memory. I have been told that this is way more than I need, and that I don't need Virtual Memory. Despite that advice, I do have a 40 Gig SSD that is dedicated to VM and scratch files ...
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Pagefile on Windows 10 limited to 64 GB?

I have a few tasks where I can't avoid using tons of memory. Since I have limited physical memory, Windows starts using the SWAP/Pagefile. Though it seems that Windows is limiting the pagefile size to ...
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Windows 10 Swapfile/pagefile on D: drive not being used

I am having issues mainly with backup software like DPM, where swapfiles cannot be excluded, and the recommendation seems to be to put the swapfile on a second disk/partition that is not being backed-...
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Pagefile cannot be located on any drive but C

I'm facing a rather weird issue with Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1151: apparently, it refuses to allocate the pagefile on any drive but C. I'm using a custom-built configuration that includes a 240 GiB ...
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Commit charge memory not reaching its full potential

I have several virtual IIS servers (2016) with multiple applications. 26 GB RAM 8 vCPU Im getting lots of Event ID: 2004 in event viewer on several servers: Log Name: System Source: ...
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Windows 10 Huge windows PageFile, how to limited it

My Windows PC alerted me with low harddisc space, and when I scan hard drives with TreeSize tool, I realize that windows keeps a huge pagefile.sys file, that is 18.2 GB and keep growing. Why is this ...
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Why do I get memory errors in Windows?

Sometimes I run multiple heavy applications simultaneously, for example, Adobe After Effects and various 3D render engines. Sometimes while they are running at the same time, one of them will fail ...
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Pagefile regenerated on C drive every time on startup despite pagefile configuration being changed to list C as "no pagefile" & D as "system managed"

Due to having low space on my C drive (which I've reserved for the operating system) I recently made the following changes to my pagefile configuration However, nothing at changed in my C drive in ...
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Moving the page file to a different folder

My Windows 8.1 To Go machine is always popping up saying it's low on memory, so I finally decided to make a page file. The problem is, I was going to make it on my largest hard drive on the computer. ...
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Is it okay if I lower my pagefile size in Windows 10 as I've got plenty of hardware RAM to deal with it? [duplicate]

The pagefile is currently automatically allocated through Windows 10 itself. It seems that it has allocated 5888 MB of disk space. My system has 32 GB of RAM available and my intention was to lower ...
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How to enable BSOD memory dumps with UWF

For our industrial computers we use Unified Write Filter (UWF) on the systems. But since a recent update on some computers (30+) we experience a BSOD during shutdown BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER, tried ...
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Windows 10 memory and Task Manager

Recently, I was scanning the C drive and I noticed pagefile.sys took up a whopping 32 GB of storage. Now I did some research and found out that pagefile is for virtual memory, which makes Windows 10 ...
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How to force Windows 10 to use pagefile on usb-connected SSD?

I have a constantly connected USB SSD disk. I'm never going to disconnect it at runtime. It operates in a "better performance mode", not "quick removal". I can configure pagefile ...
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disable the pagefile individually to each program

is there a way or program that allows me to disable the pagefile only to a program? I don't want to disable it globally and I don't want to restart the computer every time I disable it
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Pagefile in Windows 10 Guest Virtual Machine

I have a Windows 10 machine (32GB RAM) running a Windows 10 Guest (10GB RAM) for my work. The guest is given a 80GB dynamic disk, and the underlying storage is an SSD. The OS itself is < 20GB. The ...
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Why should the size of the page file increase the more memory you have? [duplicate]

I think I understand the purpose of the page file; if the computer runs out of physical memory, the page file is needed to have additional (virtual) memory - very simply said. Since Windows 2000 I ...
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What are the criteria Windows 10 uses to place the page file?

I've recently noticed that my own workstation has felt a bit sluggish but thought nothing of it at first. It has two really fast 500GB NVMe SSDs and one 1TB HDD. Then I played a game - not something I ...
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Win10 doesn't respect pagefile settings for other disks than C:

I tried to move my pagefile off from C: to another disk, D:. I set my preferences in Start > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance > Advanced > Virtual Memory. I have set C: ...
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How can I see the pagefile of a process using Process Explorer?

I thought Process Explorer has every statistic possible. But I was looking for the pagefile size of a process and I can't find it. Maybe it's under a different name?
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Why won't windows shrink my pagefile?

According to al the documentation that I have read online, when I configure Windows to automatically manage my page file, the size should automatically grow and shrink as needed. While my computer ...
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How is default page-file size actually calculated by Windows?

I want to know how does Windows calculate default page file size. For example, for 48 GB RAM it shows 7168 MB page file size.
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Can you use virtual memory like you can physical RAM if you have an NVMe drive? Are there limitations to this?

I have a program that needs LOTS of RAM to for a computation project I need to run for a weekend. Obviously I don't have supercomputer ram and my limits as a consumer is 32GB. Windows has memory ...
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Evaluating Specificationa of pagefile.sys (Windows 10, Summary) [closed]

I hope, that this question is not too opinion-based and will try to approach it as neutral as I can. I've read through some sites about this topic, getting a load of contradictory information. ...
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Set the page/swap file on an external hard disk to save space on the main system disk

My 32-bit Windows 10 machine has a reasonable processor, but limited hardware resources (only 4GB RAM and 28GB local HDD). Windows itself takes up nearly half the disk so I'm using an external 1TB USB ...
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Pagefile is active even when RAM usage is below 70%. How do I fix it?

I have this laptop with decent specs: CPU: Intel i5-8250u 4 cores (8 threads) @ 1.60GHz / Max Turbo @ 3.4GHz GPU: Integrated Intel UHD 620 + discrete Radeon 520 GDDR5 RAM: 4GB DDR4 2400MHz HDD: ...
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Windows 10 is ignoring my pagefile settings and is unwilling to create or use a pagefile on a different drive

Recently, my system performance has been impacted by constant read/writes to the pagefile on C: [SSD], so I decided to move the pagefile to D: [HDD]; however, when I adjusted the pagefile settings for ...
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Is there a way to ensure a program occupies the page file instead of RAM?

I would like to have some control over which programs occupy RAM and which occupy the page file when RAM becomes limited. Perhaps some sort of prioritisation-based solution would work well. I am ...
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Windows doesn't boot after un-checking automatic managing pagefiles

I was trying to partition my disk, and in order to do that I unchecked automatic managing of pagefile in advanced settings and put the radio on "No pagefile" and restarted my PC, now it doesn't boot, ...
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Moving page file - should i keep "some" on the primary drive?

I run win10 with 16GB RAM (thinking of getting 32GB soon). My operating system is on a 512GB SSD. I read that I may benefit by moving the pagefile to a non system drive and since I have 2 more SSDs ...
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Windows Server 2008 with large pagefile.sys

I found out that on our server with Windows Server 2008, we have a pagefile.sys of 62 GB. The current usage of the RAM is about 16GB of 32GB. How can I find out which process caused this large file? ...
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