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There is quite a lot of information on the web about the page file. Some people say it is okay to disable it if you got tons of RAM, some people say that it can make the computer unstable and that Windows knows how to handle it very well... So I got confused. In what situation would it be fine to simply disable the pagefile?
post #2 of 9
Even with 32 GB of RAM, I still have a small 2GB page file. Some applications will simply fail if they query the amount of available pages and get a response from Windows saying there is 0 available (or no page file at all).

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post #3 of 9
If you know you'll never come close to fully utilize all your RAM for sure and always.

Without the pagefile, you are restriction what your system can do... why shouldn't it place blocks onto the pagefile if nothing has needed them for 1hr?
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Some programs want to use a pagefile even if you're nowhere near the RAM limit, so when it doesn't exist it can cause some issues. That's not too common but without a pagefile programs can crash if you exceed your RAM limit.

I'd keep a small one enabled to prevent any potential issues. 1-2GB isn't much space you'll save by disabling it, and if it helps prevent just one crash, it's well worth it IMO.
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M$ recommended a minimum of 800GB on my system for BSOD dumps, etc. so that's what I set it at (I have 32GB of RAM so I'll never run out). My rig has been doing just fine for the past two years. Most people will set it at 1GB.
     
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If you dont want to use your C drive, you can allocate it to another drive. I have a 2Gb page file on one of my other HDs. Some BOINC projects use page files and I have 16 Gb of ram.
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It depends on what you use your computer for. If it is being used to run a single application at a time then you may as well have a page file set to a size as large as you want. But if you are using your computer to run hundreds of tiny applications at a time or for heavy web browsing, having the page file disabled can improve the overall responsiveness of your entire computer, especially if Windows decides to randomly use 2GB of RAM to do something for a very unknown reason.
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M$ recommended a minimum of 800GB on my system for BSOD dumps, etc. so that's what I set it at (I have 32GB of RAM so I'll never run out). My rig has been doing just fine for the past two years. Most people will set it at 1GB.
You mean MB, I assume? wink.gif
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It depends on what you use your computer for. If it is being used to run a single application at a time then you may as well have a page file set to a size as large as you want. But if you are using your computer to run hundreds of tiny applications at a time or for heavy web browsing, having the page file disabled can improve the overall responsiveness of your entire computer, especially if Windows decides to randomly use 2GB of RAM to do something for a very unknown reason.
Having hundreds of tiny applications is actually a reason FOR pagefile.

For a single-user system, one person is not using all those applications simultaneously. That means odds are that some of them can be swapped to the pagefile to allow other applications to use the RAM.




Also want to note that the pagefile belongs on a SSD.
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M$ recommended a minimum of 800GB on my system for BSOD dumps, etc. so that's what I set it at (I have 32GB of RAM so I'll never run out). My rig has been doing just fine for the past two years. Most people will set it at 1GB.
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