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Windows 7: The Page file

20 Jun 2012   #1
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 
The Page file

I would like to give my thoughts about the Page file and would like some thoughts about it from some of the other members. I could be wrong on my assessment but would like some other opinions. My laptop computer is running Windows 7 64 bit. I have 8 gig of ram installed. As far as the Page file is concerned, I had it set so that Windows controls the size which was 8136MB. First of all, it boggles my mind why Windows wants that big of a file simply to use it to write logs. Second, there are two potential problems with the Page file: First it can become corrupt which could cause problems. Second, it could become a security issue. I have therefore edited the registry so that it clears the file on shutdown. The only drawback is that it takes a long time to shut down since it has to clear the file. My computer would take 3 minutes to shutdown. I therefore set the Page file at 50 MB which I think is large enough. Now it takes only 1 1/2 minutes to shutdown. I'm going to leave it like that. I would appreciate it if we could have some discussion on what I have said. Thanks


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20 Jun 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The discussion is, you are spending too much time and effort worrying about something that isn't really worth it. There are far more worrisome security issues than a pagefile, and corruption isn't really an issue. I can't say I've heard of that in a long long time.

It boils down to this. Your first option is to leave it alone and let Windows manage it. If you are using a small SSD and need more space, set it to a static size of 2 GB. Don't worry about clearing it on shutdown. Then go on using your system for it's intended purposes.
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20 Jun 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Deacon is exactly right. That's what I do on all my systems because they all run on small SSDs. 1 or 2GB is enough for the pagefile and clearing it at shutdown is for the birds.
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20 Jun 2012   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The page file (virtual memory) is not for writing logs. If you have 8GB of RAM, you probably don't need 8+ GB of a page file but if it is too small, memory dump files, for diagnostics, will not be available in case of asystem crash.

What is virtual memory?
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20 Jun 2012   #5
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

You can tell Windows to encrypt the paging file.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
TThere are far more worrisome security issues than a pagefile,
So if people uses encryption to protect data on their harddrive, you don't find any problems by having it leak to the paging file?
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20 Jun 2012   #6
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
The page file (virtual memory) is not for writing logs. If you have 8GB of RAM, you probably don't need 8+ GB of a page file but if it is too small, memory dump files, for diagnostics, will not be available in case of asystem crash.
Isn't the "memory dump file" a log file?
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20 Jun 2012   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pallesenw View Post
So if people uses encryption to protect data on their harddrive, you don't find any problems by having it leak to the paging file?
Think about the question you asked me and you'll see very quickly why this is a non-issue.
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20 Jun 2012   #8
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

@Frank1
Yes it is but it is not stored in the page file (virtual memory). The system uses the page file to create the memory dump and stores it in C:\Windows.
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20 Jun 2012   #9
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Think about the question you asked me and you'll see very quickly why this is a non-issue.
I don't see it.
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20 Jun 2012   #10
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
@Frank1
Yes it is but it is not stored in the page file (virtual memory). The system uses the page file to create the memory dump and stores it in C:\Windows.
Thanks, I didn't know that.
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