Windows 10: Paging files or not?

  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       21 Nov 2016 #1

    Paging files or not?


    I currently have a laptop with a PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM DDR4 and an HDD mainly for games and storage. In terms of paging I have system-managed size paging files for the SSD and for both partitions of the HDD.

    Would I experience any improvements in performance by not using paging files?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 5,290
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       21 Nov 2016 #2

    Maybe, maybe not. Keep in mind that some programs may not install if they don't see Virtual Memory/paging file. Win7 actually had a written recommendation [by Microsoft] of 1.5 times the physical RAM in its Help and Support on Virtual Memory, seems most such searches [Cortana?] on Win10 go to the Internet.
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  3.    22 Nov 2016 #3

    With that much RAM you can safely set it to 1GB. Just so it's there if some programs like Photoshop complain there is some. Apart from some space saved there's no real advantage of not using it or using it, even with 8GB of RAM I never seen any of it used.
    One of things that make W10 seemingly faster is ability to keep as much in memory as possible instead of looking at disks.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       22 Nov 2016 #4

    I routinely turn off the paging file completely before making a system image (hibernation too, makes for a smaller system image file). I can't say I've noticed any real difference running without a paging file, and I only have 4GB of RAM.
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