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I have plenty of memory in my machine (32GB). I have never seen the machine use even half that - not even close. I wonder: Do I really need the Pagefile.sys and the Swapfile.sys?
The reason I am asking, is that I suspect my Macrium image files of the systems drive are getting bloated by these files. They can grow quite large. Maybe Macrium leaves these files out of the images? They are quite clever - those fellas at Macrium.
Any expert advice out there?
Note: For the same reason I disabled Hibernation. It's a real Gigabyte hog.
An Image backup should include the whole disk , which will include those files - but they will be zero length and the content is counted as unused disk space which isn't normally included in an image, I believe.
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You shouldn't disable the pagefile.
Everything in the kernel expects it to exist and has been built around that assumption. so if you remove it you will actually get worse performance. Even if your RAM is more than enough.
You can probably make it a lot smaller though.
If you go to the control panel -> System -> advanced system settings -> Select the advanced tab -> Performance settings -> Advanced tab -> click Virtual memory - change, you'll get a recommended size that will quite probably work just fine for you.
I can't find it now, but I read it in a blog on the Microsoft homepage some years ago.
But as I understood it: The pagefile is built in at a so low level and is so optimized, so that when they added the possibility to disable it they didn't actually remove or bypass any code in the kernel.
All code that has to do with the pagefile is still used whether the file exists or not. And he claimed that it performance wise is better to have a small pagefile instead of none, because of how this is done.
The other gotcha wit disabling the page file is that when some rogue processChrome goes berserk and eats all your ram, if you have paging turned off random applications will start crashing with OOM errors. I experienced that first hand about 5 years ago when the admin for my project lab drank the no pagefile koolaid and turned it off; on systems that didn't have enough ram for all the applications we needed open to do our work. It took about a week to figure out WT was wrong with our new systems because the affected applications just terminated without displaying useful error messages.
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