Pagefile question

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  1. Posts : 58
    Windows 10
       #1

    Pagefile question


    Older Dell XPS - W10, 8G RAM, 1TB HDD, i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67 GHz.

    I have constant crushes after waking up from the sleep mode - "Page Fault in Non Paged Area".

    I saw a recommendation to disable "Automatically manage paging......."

    Currently allocated = 1920 MB
    Space available = 772549 MB

    1. Should I manually setup pagesize or let system manage it.....?
    2. Is bigger pagesize better.........?

    Thanks,
    -BBDS
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  2. Posts : 12,487
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    If I have my druthers I put the Paging File/Virtual Memory on a second HDD, not a different partition on the same HDD, and set it static [max and min the same] to 1.5 times the physical RAM, have always seen a performance improvement. Haven't added a second HDD to my latest Desktop yet.

    You might run the memory test available on many late-model computers in the boot process, can't say for XPS, have only Inspiron and Optiplex now.
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  3. Posts : 671
    Win 10 21H1 (OS Build 19043.1151)
       #3

    boyboyds said:
    Older Dell XPS - W10, 8G RAM, 1TB HDD, i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67 GHz.

    I have constant crushes after waking up from the sleep mode - "Page Fault in Non Paged Area".

    I saw a recommendation to disable "Automatically manage paging......."

    Currently allocated = 1920 MB
    Space available = 772549 MB

    1. Should I manually setup pagesize or let system manage it.....?
    2. Is bigger pagesize better.........?

    Thanks,
    -BBDS
    I found a tutorial on tomshardware.com...
    How to fix Windows 10 error Page Fault In Nonpaged Area

    You can check it out by following the link below.

    How to fix Windows 10 error Page Fault In Nonpaged Area - Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 58
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thank you Geosammy, I read that very article before posting here.

    I loaded Dell diagnostics tool and all the components look good.
    My question is though - should I determine the max size myself or let the system determine it.....?
    And why not create a very large pagefile, is there any downside to that....?

    Thanks,-BBDS
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  5. Posts : 14,897
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Many let the system handle it, including myself :)

    Besides a decrease in space you may not notice any downsides.
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  6. Posts : 671
    Win 10 21H1 (OS Build 19043.1151)
       #6

    boyboyds said:
    Thank you Geosammy, I read that very article before posting here.

    I loaded Dell diagnostics tool and all the components look good.
    My question is though - should I determine the max size myself or let the system determine it.....?
    And why not create a very large pagefile, is there any downside to that....?

    Thanks,-BBDS
    The answer depends on what you do with your computer and how much memory you use.
    It all depends on what the computer is doing.

    According to an old rule of thumb, your page file should be “double your RAM” or “1.5 times your RAM.”

    Setting the page file size larger, than what the system managed would set it as.
    Could cause you to lose valuable disk space.
    Which could lead to more issues for your system.

    If I were you,
    I would let windows take on this responsibility.
    Last edited by Geosammy; 26 Mar 2017 at 21:07.
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  7. Posts : 67
    Win10 Pro x64
       #7

    have you tried clearing the page file ?
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  8. Posts : 14,897
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    The pagefile is cleared after a reboot/shutdown, so it happens after a BSOD.
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  9. Posts : 67
    Win10 Pro x64
       #9

    axe0 said:
    The pagefile is cleared after a reboot/shutdown, so it happens after a BSOD.
    thats if the OP has it set to clear the page file upon shutdown of the system which i do not think his page file is set to do.
    as far as a system dump clearing the page file (after a system halt), ive never heard or seen the contents of the page file "zeroed" out or even deleted after a system "crash".
    since the problem happens when he puts the PC to "sleep", i would suspect a problem with one or more of the installed RAM modules at this point, perhaps even a bad block located right where the page file is.
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  10. Posts : 14,897
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    The pagefile isn't deleted after a system crash, only emptied.

    I'd think more of a driver having issues with whatever its planning to do to the memory address.
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