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Poll Results: Do you still use the pagefile?

 
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    Yes
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    No
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post #41 of 55
You should have asked if anyone's turned it off because no I never use it but I haven't turned it off for safety.
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post #42 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bluescreen_Of_Death View Post
Actually, thats the way a page file should work. It should be there just in case the RAM fills up, and only then should it get used. But windows, being the wonderland of amazing code it is, pages memory to the pagefile even if my ram is at only 25%.

Linux is the only OS I've seen that properly handles memory in that regard.
What windows is doing is it stores to pagefile any program that you have not been using for abit. Even if you have tons of ram
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post #43 of 55
OP, you to have this misconception that after having a certain amount of RAM, it is OK to turn off the pagefile.

Guess what? You should never disable it. Windows itself, and most programs ARE designed to work and require the page file.
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post #44 of 55
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Originally Posted by DeepEmbrace View Post
What windows is doing is it stores to pagefile any program that you have not been using for abit. Even if you have tons of ram
And it doesn't need to. If the program asks for that particular bit of memory, it's in the pagefile rather than in the ram, and getting it back is slower than if it was just left there.

What else is all that ram going to do? Play solitaire?
post #45 of 55
i got it on on a hard drive just for the programs that need it. but i think its off for the most part. 60 megs on platter drive not os/ssd.
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post #46 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bluescreen_Of_Death View Post
And it doesn't need to. If the program asks for that particular bit of memory, it's in the pagefile rather than in the ram, and getting it back is slower than if it was just left there.

What else is all that ram going to do? Play solitaire?
I agree, it sucks that it does not need to. Its a total waste of all the awesome fast RAM we all invest in
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post #47 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bluescreen_Of_Death View Post
And it doesn't need to. If the program asks for that particular bit of memory, it's in the pagefile rather than in the ram, and getting it back is slower than if it was just left there.
The question is.... can you objectively benchmark that claim?


Microsoft OS engineers are not dummies... unfortunately, we don't have the algorithms used to decide what to cache in virtual memory.
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post #48 of 55
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
The question is.... can you objectively benchmark that claim?


Microsoft OS engineers are not dummies... unfortunately, we don't have the algorithms used to decide what to cache in virtual memory.
The only real way to test such a claim I think would be to have a program that puts something in the memory and, at increasing intervals, tries to retrieve it.

I'm not saying that they're dummies, but Linux handles memory in a much more logical manner. Most of the stuff that makes windows the horrid thing it is, is MS's [totally understandable] reluctance to break backwards compatibility. If it weren't for that, the registry would have met the ax a long time ago.
post #49 of 55
Manually set mine to 512-512 for space consumption, disabling it usually leads to windows deciding it will do whatever it wants with it anyway.
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post #50 of 55
Turing it off doesn't speed anything up, and even with vast amounts of physical memory, there are cases where the page file may be needed.

I reduce the size of it to speed restarts, as I have my system set to wipe the page files on shut down, but I wouldn't completely disable it.
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