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Windows 7: page file on or off?

11 Feb 2010   #1
sinbin

windows 7 64 bit premium
 
 
page file on or off?

hi i have windows 7 64 ,,with 4 gb ram,,do i need the page file on or will i see better performance with it off.
Does it make any difference as i tuned it off on a vista machine and noticed it was better in gaming,,
Was wondering if its same in windows 7 .
thanks sinbin


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11 Feb 2010   #2
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

With 4G, you shouldn't really need the page file, unless you do extreme Video and Graphics editing.

I did it when i had 4G, and the machine seemed to respond a little better.


Hope this helps.
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11 Feb 2010   #3
sinbin

windows 7 64 bit premium
 
 

thanks ill test it and post my results
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11 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sinbin,

Be aware though, that some programs will require that the page file be turned on for the program to run properly no matter how much RAM you have installed. If you get a "Low memory" warning, or a program not running when it did before, then this may be why.

I would advise to leave it turned on and set to be managed by the system, but it's your choice.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Feb 2010   #5
sinbin

windows 7 64 bit premium
 
 

thanks for warning ,iv heard that page file of or setting higher than ur ram helps?
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11 Feb 2010   #6
sinbin

windows 7 64 bit premium
 
 

i just remember turning page file of my vista machine i have and games seemed to playalot better/very weird.
But ws not sure how windows 7 page file was set up
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11 Feb 2010   #7
brady

 

You will find supporting documentation for both sides of the argument.
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11 Feb 2010   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sinbin View Post
hi i have windows 7 64 ,,with 4 gb ram,,do i need the page file on or will i see better performance with it off.
Does it make any difference as i tuned it off on a vista machine and noticed it was better in gaming,,
Was wondering if its same in windows 7 .
thanks sinbin

4 gig in 64 bit, I would leave it on. 4 gigs in 32 off.
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11 Feb 2010   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Unless you are really low on disc space, Id leave it on....
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11 Feb 2010   #10
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Leave it on, less headache that way...

zzz2496
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