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Windows 7: Size of page file

02 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 
Size of page file

Hi all. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit edition on my PC with 8 Gbs of RAM and I noticed the size of the page file is also 8 Gbs. My question is, with 8 Gbs of RAM do I need a page file that large? And if not, would it matter if I reduced it to say 4 Gbs, or even 2 Gbs? Thanks for any help!

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02 Sep 2012   #2
whs

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2GB or even 1GB is fine. I am running all my systems on that because they all have small SSDs where space is at a premium. And you can also delete the hiberfile (if you do not use hibernation). The command is powercfg -h off. That saves you another 8GBs.
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02 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
2GB or even 1GB is fine. I am running all my systems on that because they all have small SSDs where space is at a premium. And you can also delete the hiberfile (if you do not use hibernation). The command is powercfg -h off. That saves you another 8GBs.
Wolfgang what are the amounts you use for initial and maximum size. Im running 3gig ram so its system set at 4501MB but am only using a 50gig ssd and could do to save some space.

Danny
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02 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I have 8GB RAM and I'm using 2GB pagefile.
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02 Sep 2012   #5
whs

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
2GB or even 1GB is fine. I am running all my systems on that because they all have small SSDs where space is at a premium. And you can also delete the hiberfile (if you do not use hibernation). The command is powercfg -h off. That saves you another 8GBs.
Wolfgang what are the amounts you use for initial and maximum size. Im running 3gig ram so its system set at 4501MB but am only using a 50gig ssd and could do to save some space.

Danny
You can set it to 1GB - Minimum and Maximum.
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02 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
2GB or even 1GB is fine. I am running all my systems on that because they all have small SSDs where space is at a premium. And you can also delete the hiberfile (if you do not use hibernation). The command is powercfg -h off. That saves you another 8GBs.
Thank you for your reply! I am also running Windows 7 on an SSD and have a better use for the disk space than a page file, especially since you confirm my suspicion that it isn't necssary. I do have the hiberfile turned off already to save even more space.
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02 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
I have 8GB RAM and I'm using 2GB pagefile.
Thank you for your reply! I think I will set my page file to 2Gbs as well.
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