is it safe to delete pagefile.sys & hiberfil.sys

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    Don't know about Windows 10, however, I remember one can set pagefile.sys limits somewhere within Windows settings. As others have posted, I too found it, best to let Windows manage pagefile.sys.
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    RolandJS said:
    Don't know about Windows 10, however, I remember one can set pagefile.sys limits somewhere within Windows settings. As others have posted, I too found it, best to let Windows manage pagefile.sys.
    I used to let Windows manage the page file but I found MS Flight Simulator 2000 kept crashing with 16 GB RAM. The problem was solved by manually increasing the page file size so the automatic setting is not always best.
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    SteveC, what was the default size, to what did you increase it to? This could benefit others in a similar boat.
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    RolandJS said:
    SteveC, what was the default size, to what did you increase it to? This could benefit others in a similar boat.
    Windows was using about 1GB by default. I increased it to 16GB and the crashes stopped. I've since increased the RAM to 32GB and reverted to the Windows auto setting for the paging file.
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    My experience over a number of years was to leave Virtual Memory/Swap file/Paging file enabled, some programs would look for it during installation. Same for some programs needing a Temp/Tmp folder on the drive. I don't use Sleep or Hibernation on Desktops, usually too many issues with them.
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