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Windows 7: Quick Question

12 Oct 2009   #1
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Quick Question

Hi,
I have 12 GBs of RAM, can i disable my Paging File?
Will it be faster?

Thanks,
Alex.


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12 Oct 2009   #2
Antman

 

No, it will not be faster.

Can you disable the page file? Yes.

Should you? No.
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12 Oct 2009   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Alex,

Some programs will require using the page file for them to run properly no matter how much RAM you have installed. You should not not disable the page file. Since you have 12GB of RAM, you can reduce it's size if you are really in need to free up more hard drive space. Otherwise, I would recommend to leave it set to the default "System managed".

You can move the page file to be stored on a separate physical hard disk instead of on the C: drive to improve performance though.

Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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12 Oct 2009   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
No, it will not be faster.

Can you disable the page file? Yes.

Should you? No.
What he said. This is just one of many "tweaks" that applied with Windows XP (in theory) but don't with Vista and Windows 7.
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12 Oct 2009   #5
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Don't disable it. Merely set it to a size that seems reasonable given the specs of your system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
No, it will not be faster.
Do you mean to say that RAM is not faster to use than disk?
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12 Oct 2009   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Win7User512,

No, RAM is always faster than disk. However, disabling the page file will not make your system run faster and may cause issues with some programs being able to run properly that require a page file to. That's all.
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12 Oct 2009   #7
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Don't disable it. Merely set it to a size that seems reasonable given the specs of your system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
No, it will not be faster.
Do you mean to say that RAM is not faster to use than disk?
I mean - disabling the page file will not make a system faster.
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12 Oct 2009   #8
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Both Brink, and Antman, are correct on this subject. Even in XP it was not a good idea. Some developers set up their applications to use the paging file so that their programs can run smoother. Information would be placed in the paging file as a way to allow ram to be more readily available to more important aspect of an application.
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13 Oct 2009   #9
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Don't disable it. Merely set it to a size that seems reasonable given the specs of your system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
No, it will not be faster.
Do you mean to say that RAM is not faster to use than disk?
I mean - disabling the page file will not make a system faster.
Ah, got it. Was reading too much into it; just read it differently.
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