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BSOD When I Enable Virtual Memory in Performance Settings [closed]

I have a laptop running Windows 10 on an SSD. However after the feature update back in 2019, I have had problems with Memory every once in a while. I would get BSODs once in a while indicating Memory ...
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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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Native IO performance of 1 pagefile per physical drive in off-the shelf configuration vs software or hardware RAID

Windows 10 allows to assign pagefile sizes for individual logical drives. In my case, both the main boot SSD and an extra SSD have their entire size dedicated to a single logical drive each. Now I've ...
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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 Windows constantly writing and reading the pagefile on my C drive which is a SSD so I decided to move the page file to my D drive, a separate, ...
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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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What is consuming so much of my system RAM?

I noticed that my system is not going to hibernation state properly since a few days in the past week. I checked a little into my hiberfile size to verify if that was a cause of concern. The ...
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Windows reports “Out of Memory” despite huge pagefile

How to force Windows to use the swap file to the fullest? I use Windows 7 64-bit and I have 16 GB of RAM + 8 GB (static) pagefile. When I open many Chrome tabs, and the physical memory is almost ...
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How to store data in pagefile?

Memory-mapping, e.g. via Python's numpy.memmap, works, albeit temporarily; once pagefile capacity is exceeded, the arrays are silently unmapped from pagefile. Re-mapping each time is undesired - need ...
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Any risks to greatly increasing pagefile size?

I require 64GB to fit an entire dataset in memory for deep learning, but have only 12GB RAM. Virtual memory being the next-best alternative, I learned it can be effectively increased via increasing ...
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Windows still using page file on C:/ despite set to none

TLDR: I have set my page file to be exclusively on my secondary E: drive in advanced device settings, however after reboot I still see a lot of page files still being written on my primary C: drive ...
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Does the commit charge include gpu video ram?

it looks like Windows adds my used gpu dedicated ram to the commit charge, but is that normal? It does not feel right, because programs start to crash after its limit has been reached, although my ...
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Windows 10 virtual memory/pagefile discrepancies

My Windows 10 system is using far too much virtual memory How do I stop this? Using HWiNFO64 you can see I currently have about 75 GB of virtual memory on my system and am using a massive 31 GB. The ...
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Windows 7 Pagefile on Mounted Partition, on 1 HDD System: Folder Attributes/Permissions?

I wish to put my pagefile.sys in a separate partition on the same HDD as my boot partition, mounted on a folder in the tree of my boot partition — say "$PagePart". My question: should $PagePart ...
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What is risk of moving pagefile.sys to another partition?

I have 4 physical drives 146 GB in my server (windows server 2008) configured as RAID 0 result of 2 logical drives C(50 GB) and drive D(remaining GB) My system is showing alters of low disk space in ...
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Is there way to detect Page file size change source within Windows 7?

In the office, I do my work on a Windows 7 machine that has 16GB on RAM. However, after each restart it automatically sets the pagefile to 3072MB. I have created a delayed schedule task (which calls a ...
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Virtual and Physical address mapping in 32 bit Windows

Correct me I am wrong. Q1) My understanding is that in 32 bit mode we get 4GB virtual address space. Is this because 32 bit Windows can only support 4 GB physical RAM.? Q2) Every process get its own ...
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Is there any way to “Reset” or “Clear” windows paging file size which is managed by system?

Is there any way to "Reset" or "Clear" windows paging file size which is managed by system? In my case I have 16 gigs of ram installed and all paging file settings are set to auto. At some point in ...
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Why do default settings on 64-bit Windows still imply a large page file?

My question is based on the observation that since the introduction of 64-bit Windows, many more people around me seem to fall for page-file related lockups of their systems. E.g., something simple as ...
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Paging file doesn't work right

Every time I logon to my computer (Acer Aspire 5315-Windows Vista) I immediately get a message that System is low on memory. It isn't. Every day I have to go in and try to change the paging file. I ...
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How to find what is filling up my pagefile

Context: My computer runs Windows 10, and it was bought as a gaming pc. Good gpu, good cpu, 16 Gb of RAM, etc. There are two hard drives, a very small (100 Gb) SSD for the OS, plus a 3Tb HDD. In the ...
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Does the Virtual Paging File reduce the lifespan of an SSD drive with little benefit?

I've ready that the pagefile.sys writing frequently to an SSD drive reduces its lifespan and since and SSD drive doesn't much benefit from putting the data in one location (since it's truly random ...
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Why isn't pagefile being used?

I have an trouble with Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise. The paged pool load memory but does not load the actual pagefile (I have space on the drive for it). Actually the problem is in memory ...
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Optimizing pagefile size: I'd like to clarify on the Peak Commit and my Physical RAM?

I want to optimize the pagefile size to fit my actual needs. And I want to follow the formula suggested by Mark Russinovich: The Minimum should be Peak Commit minus Physical RAM, and the Maximum ...
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Pagefile disabling at runtime possible?

For a security project I need to get rid of paging in Windows. I have found a possibility of deleting and disabling the pagefile however, for this a restart is required. My question is: is there ...
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Windows first saves crash dumps to the pagefile. It only moves the data into a separate file after reboot. Why must they go into the pagefile first? [duplicate]

Windows first saves crash dumps to the pagefile. Windows only moves the data into a separate file (either a Memory.dmp file or a minidump file) after reboot. Why must crash dumps go into the pagefile ...
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Page file is being created even when ram is not full

I get the page file in my C drive even though my RAM consumption is about 16 to 17 % so I want to know when exactly a pagefile is created, because I thought it is created only when ram is full. If ...
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How do I reduce a 10GB *c:\pagefile.sys* and 10GB *c:\hiberfil.sys* on a 50GB boot partition?

I've got a preinstalled Win10, which I dual booted with win81. I extended both, after which the Win81 partition didn't boot anymore. (Maybe it moved too, IDK). I finally got it to boot, but now there'...
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Why is my computer using almost 64GB of pagefile size?

I've never experienced this before, I have Eclipse open, a few chrome tabs (about 8) and a movie, across 3 monitors. My PC specs are: i7-4790K 16GB Ram And I manually configured a page file size of ...
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Unable to boot into Windows 10 (UEFI)

My laptop comes with 1TB spinning hard disk and 16 GB SSD for Caching. The SSD caching was not working after doing a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. While trying to enable SSD caching, I decided to ...
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Does Page File size affect Gaming performance?

Does changing the Page File size affect gaming performance? If so, how big of an impact is it & what changes result in better performance? I'm tweaking Windows to maximize gaming performance. I ...
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Page faults, strange memory behavior and page files - particularly but not specifically in R

I should say from the start, I am aware that I could probably do with some more RAM as I'm currently running RStudio on Windows 10 with 4GB of RAM installed. Neither is the post necessarily solely ...
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What is the largest size for Windows Pagefile.sys you can set?

I know that recommended size for a page file C:\Pagefile.sys in Windows is about 2 or 1.5 times the RAM. Out of curiosity what is the maximum size for a page file that can be set?
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why page file size bigger than recommended?

Is it normal that my page file is really big compare to recommended? Should I change some settings?
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How to delete pagefile

I'm using XP and I want to delete the file pagefile.sys It is covering 4GB of data and I want to delete it. I have installed treesize free software and deleted the pagefile.sys but after restart it ...
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Windows 10 System Managed Virtual Memory Size is Very Low. Can I trust it?

On Windows 10 Home laptop with 8 GB of RAM, the system managed 'Recommended' paging file size is 1905 MB. Everything I've read says the setting should be from 1.5 to 4 times the size of your RAM. ...
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Why is paging used?

Paging is a form of primary memory management, said to be a way to store data non-contiguously. It's achieved by setting a chunk, or page, size, so pages can be allocated in different areas. Would ...
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Pagefile prioritization on multiple drives [duplicate]

I am managing a Dell R710 server used for some very large non-linear finite element analysis (FEA) computations. Occasionally, these runs will take upwards of 500GB of allocated memory. Since this ...
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Unable to disable pagefile and thus unable to change device letter under Windows 10

I just found one of the most weird bugs I have seen in Windows. I needed to disable the pagefile in one of my partitions so I could change its letter. However, the dialog box is missing the set button,...
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When does Windows start using the page file/disk as RAM?

My system has been slowing down a lot and I was wondering if that is because I only have 2GB of RAM. Would an upgrade to 4GB fix that?
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Offline Windows Install - How to view and change Pagefile settings

I'm trying to fix a broken Windows 10 installation which I can't boot into (even into Safe Mode). I have installed a fresh Windows 10 onto another hard drive. How do I view and set the page file ...
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Windows: Pagefile on RAMDisk beneficial in some cases?

I want to disable my page file in Windows 7. The reason is I'm running a complex virtual environment where disk writes are REALLY slow, so I want to minimize Windows writing to disk. My problems is ...
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What exactly is the negative impact of placing page file on SSD?

I see frequent mentions that placing page file on SSD is good for performance but bad for SSD's lifespan (e.g. here on SU). But nothing I saw had any citations, especially ones backed by actual data. ...
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Windows equivalent of Linux swapon command?

I'm doing some memory benchmarking for research. Linux allows changing swap files at runtime with the swapon and swapoff commands. Are there Windows commands to change page files without having to ...
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Readyboost is a replacement for Pagefile [duplicate]

Readyboost is a replacement for Pagefile? After activating Readyboost can we disable page file? Does the OS still use a Pagefile after activating Readyboost?

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