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Windows 7: Windows 7 Pro; can pagefile.sys be set to equal RAM or let W7 do it?

07 Mar 2015   #1
RolandJS

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Windows 7 Pro; can pagefile.sys be set to equal RAM or let W7 do it?

Windows 7 Pro; can pagefile.sys be set to equal RAM or let Windows handle sizing? In two computers 16GB mem, in one 8GB. Will there be a benefit to setting pagefile.sys to 16GB or less? In the 3rd - set to 8GB?


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07 Mar 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I wouldn't think there be much advantage to fiddling with it unless these are smallish drives and you are getting crowded.

You could of course manually limit it to say 1 or 2 GB, but I don't know that you'd ever notice any performance difference from doing nothing at all. Many who discover they can change it can't resist doing so regardless.
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07 Mar 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I found that just letting Windows 7 manage all memory works for me.
It's very hard or impossible to out smart Windows 7 when it comes to memory.
If you set things so Window 7 manages memory it will only use the pagefile that is needed and no more.
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07 Mar 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Unless you have space constraints (like on a small SSD), I would leave it alone. Eles, 1GB or 2GB is ample because you never get any real page faults.
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08 Mar 2015   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Several sources pretty much the same thing; I'm leaving well enough alone. Is there a way to mark this solved?
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