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March 19, 2013 7:13:16 PM

I have 8GB of RAM. I surf the Net, use email and play a couple of Windows games; Free Cell and Solitaire.

I also have RamDisk set at 4096MB with temp and tmp files along with temporary internet files.

The data below is first with nothing but SeaMonkey running. The second set of numbers is with Streets & Trips, Google Earth, two Word documents and two Excel pages open as well as my browser SeaMonkey.

Hardware Reserved 53MB 53MB
In Use 5578MB 5889MB
Modified 57MB 55MB
Standby 588MB 613MB
Free 1921MB 1587MB

With these numbers why would I need to have Page File in use? Isn’t my 8GB of RAM doing the job without Page File?

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a b G Storage
March 19, 2013 7:35:15 PM

Actually you do not have to use Page File -- you can disable it if you want, BUT, for some reason your system needs more than 8GB at some point, it my crash itself, and you might loose the information you were working on.

I´d leave the Page File alone -- if the system needs it, then it will be used. On the other hand if the system doesn´t need it then it won´t be used.

The only problem I see with Page File is a slow down (a performance decrease) in the system, when it is in use.

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March 19, 2013 9:02:43 PM

I agree with jemm.

You may not need the Page File, but disabling it might cause your PC to crash if you ever run out of memory. Games that come with Windows might not use enough memory to cause this problem, but newer 3D games most likely will. Worst case scenario in my experience is Windows crashes which forces me to reboot and lose of any unsaved data (documents).

If you are running multiple browser windows/tabs, those will eat your memory for breakfast, which might cause Windows to crash without a Page File. Can pretty much guarantee that.

1) What version of Windows?
2) Where are you getting those stats from?
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March 19, 2013 9:15:27 PM

madrich said:
I agree with jemm.

You may not need the Page File, but disabling it might cause your PC to crash if you ever run out of memory. Games that come with Windows might not use enough memory to cause this problem, but newer 3D games most likely will. Worst case scenario in my experience is Windows crashes which forces me to reboot and lose of any unsaved data (documents).





















If you are running multiple browser windows/tabs, those will eat your memory for breakfast, which might cause Windows to crash without a Page File. Can pretty much guarantee that.

1) What version of Windows?
2) Where are you getting those stats from?


Win 7

Resource Monitor
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March 19, 2013 9:15:59 PM

Win 7

Resource Monitor
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a b G Storage
March 19, 2013 9:17:36 PM

While others say leave it on, I have to disagree, turn it off. Even with 8GB your unlikely to max it out as an average PC user.

I've had paging file disabled for a long time now, and it's never caused an issue, have 16GB or ram though.
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