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pagefile issue

  1. #1


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    pagefile issue


    My Pagefile ,virtual memory increased all of a sudden on it's own to the size of my RAM 16GB

    Originally was set as total paging file size for all drives

    Minimum allowed: 16 MB

    Recommended : 5627 MB

    Currently allocated: 2432MB


    I do not want to disable pagefile, if tried a custom size as initial size : 2432 MB and Maximum size :2432 MB
    of course i regain the space on drive. As you can see from the image the increase.

    Is this the best way to get it back, will it ever go back, most suggest not to mess with it and let windows manage it ?

    Question when you set the sizes initial and maximum should they be same size or what else can i choose by seeing image ?
    Why so low on the minimum originally 16MB ? Not familiar with this at all, changing it.
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  2. #2


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    What I see in your images is that the minimum is 16MB, that's MegaBytes, it's what Windows needs. The Recommended at 5627MB is approximately 5.6GB/GigaBytes. I haven't an explanation why it is showing 16GB as the Currently allocated size but does it still do it after rebooting? If it does it again after rebooting it might be best to use the Custom size and set the max and min as the same. Help and Support used to recommend 1.5 times the physical RAM and lots of folks have discussed the pros and cons, however it has worked for me through several years. Earlier versions of Windows had a recommendation of 2.5 times the RAM.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Yes i have rebooted several times same thing. Well 1.5 of 16 is 24, mean 2.4 GB or 24GB or like i once had it 2.4GB = 2432MB ?
    Now you say the same for initial and maximum, i would use 2432MB for both ? Or should i use initial at 2432MB and maximum 5627MB like recommended on my image ?

    If i cleared my pagefile.sys changed it to above rebooted, then if i ever went back to letting windows manage it, i wonder if it would go back to way it was. Saw how to clear the pagefile through local security policy.

    Clear virtual memory pagefile at Windows-8 Shutdown (8.1, seven)

    I as said already tried custom setting it, it worked, but when i went back, it went back to the same 16GB currently allocated.
    Why though clearing pagefile.sys may help.

    I may wait a couple of days to see if it changes before doing it, plus if i receive more answers here. TY
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    To try getting around the allocated size I'd set Custom size to both the same number, anything you want but you might start with the 5GB number as the Max and Min. The number used may not be important depending upon what you do but try it, can always change it.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Let me get this straight on custom set the initial and maximum will change the total page filing on all drives the bottom numbers from my image in first post , to recommended: 5.6GB and Currently allocated : 5.6GB if i use the 5627MB in both initial and maximum ? It should because that was way it showed before with 2432MB as currently allocated and 5627MB as recommended. Question is does the minimum stay the same the 16MB where does that come in on custom settings or is it some kind of default for Windows. That part confused me.
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    The 16MB is telling you that is the minimum size Windows will allow. Setting a Custom size ignores that.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    What could of possibly caused this it seems, after running Crystal Disk mark benchmarking drive it happened after i noticed.
    Restore point did not change it back. Though i read some kind of registry script or something possibly went in, could do it.
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    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    In the past when RAM in your system is in the range of 512K ~ 1GB then there was a need to have a pagefile.sys in case you open to many apps and filled up all the available memory then Windows will use pagefile.sys to manage & swap out what currently unused in memory to disk using pagefile.sys to make RAM available for loading the next application.

    Now that your PC RAM is in the range of 8GB ~ 32GB, It becomes uneccessay to even have the pagefile.sys since you will never use up all the available memory and if you do, your PC will be down on its knees anyway.

    However, there is one case that the pagefile.sys get used is when you have a BSOD, your PC crashes then Windows will use the pagefile.sys to produce the dump file for analysis.

    I have the same amount of RAM like yours. 16GB is plenty and I doubt that Windows will even use the pagefile.sys but I custom set it to Initial size = 1023 and Maximum size = 1024. Also look at the task manager, it only use about 15% of total RAM as shown in the screen shot:

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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    I am starting to understand most of stuff about pagefile. Question now is how it got that way up to 16GB currently allocated. I know i can custom set it, but never had to. Was fine till now. I do run some programs like Microsoft Office 2013 and paint program, be concerned of those from what i heard about low pagefiling. Oh, if you had noticed i do have a SSD which most will adjust pagefile or even disable it. Just wondering what changed it all of a sudden, if i can at least figure out that answer and not something else going to happen, i am fine with a custom setting.
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    San Jose - California
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    I have no explanation of why it changes. It never happened to me before. To clarify what I am saying, every programs get loaded into RAM before running, and I have all the MS Office programs + Adobe Audition + Adobe Photoshop + Power Director Video Editing and look at the amount of RAM they occupy. MS Office programs will use extra RAM to load the data files of course and occasionally, they auto save your work to the disk. These programs are small and for all that get loaded into RAM, it only takes 20% of total amount of RAM.

    BTW, I also have SSD in my PC.

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