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  1. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
       #1

    new pagefile.sys


    Suddenly, I have a 36gb pagefile.sys on my secondary drive.
    I remove it by setting no page file at SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe

    If I set paging back to automatic, it appears again, 36gb, after a restart.

    But is this new pagefile.sys it because of a recent windows update ?

    Is it ok if I don't use a pagefile ?
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  2. Posts : 28,442
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    trogne said:
    Suddenly, I have a 36gb pagefile.sys on my secondary drive.
    I remove it by setting no page file at SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
    If I set paging back to automatic, it appears again, 36gb, after a restart.
    Setting it to Automatic will use all/any available drives for paging files. Turn off Automatic, then you can individually set each drive to System Managed, Custom size, or No paging file.

    But is this new pagefile.sys it because of a recent windows update ?
    No, it has always worked this way.
    Is it ok if I don't use a pagefile ?
    Depends, how much RAM do you have? At 32GB you may hardly ever need a page file, at 4GB you may run into problems of insufficient memory. It also depends on what apps you run (and how many at the same time). It's probably not a good idea to run without a page file if you are a gamer, some games need a lot of memory.
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  3. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I'm sorry, but it MUST be related to a recent Windows update.
    My C drive is as empty as when new.
    Windows keeps putting the 36gb pagesize in my d drive.

    This is new.
    Using as much as 36gb for a page file is new, and it's after a new update.

    I manually set the page size to 10-11 gb for the c drive, and none for d drive.
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  4. Posts : 5,306
    Windows 7 HP - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #4

    We need more information of your computer.
    How big is your C: and D: drive?

    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums
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  5. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    C drive : 87.5 gb free of 237 gb. With my custom 10gb page file.

    D drive : 208 GB free of 1.81 TB.
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  6. Posts : 14,006
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #6

    As Bree asked, how much RAM do you have? I have 16GB and have mine set to automatic:

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  7. Posts : 144
    Win 10 Pro 19042.1110
       #7

    @
    Ztruker Mine is the (almost) the same as you except my min is 2932
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  8. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I have 16 gb RAM.

    After recent update, Windows starts to look at secondary disk for pagefile.

    So I now disable automatic paging. And set automatic only for C drive.
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  9. Posts : 14,006
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #9

    I wonder if Storage Spaces figures into this somehow? No idea how, just speculating. I don't use it so it's disabled for me.
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