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Can I increase user memory without enabling pagefile?


Can I increase the amount of memory available to the user's programs without enabling the pagefile via registry?
I mean, maybe it can be increased at the expense of the system memory.

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System One

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Best solution: increase the amount of RAM. Most easier way is to double it if you have free slot(s), or replace the DRAM modules with new ones with larger size (look at motherboard manual or manufacturer's support for RAM compatibility list).

Less good solution: free some OS memory by removing some resident programs, uninstalling unused drivers and services. Two utilities may help in this: Process Explorer and CCleaner. Before any change, consider to create a restore point.

a) Remove the residents: look at the Startup list in CCleaner and also in Process Explorer and disable the components which are not vital for OS and your work, like autostart of messengers, additional sound drivers, different check-for-update programs, manufacturer's services etc.

b) Uninstall the drivers for external devices which you don't use or use very infrequently. Also uninstall the components which you most probably never use, like 3D Vision driver from NVidia.

c) Look at the list of services using the Process Explorer and decide which services can be changed from automatic start to manual and which ones can be disabled completely. Do this in Computer Management, Services. Change the settings with caution and always check the OS functionality after few changes!

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro; Windows 11 Pro (Beta channel)
    Computer type
    i7-6700 (Skylake)
    Asus Maximus VIII Gene
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GeForce 1050 Ti, 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 235PQ
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 (FHD)
    Hard Drives
    Windows 8.1: Samsung SSD 950 PRO, 512 GB (M.2)
    Windows 11: Samsung SSD 870 EVO, 500 GB (SATA)
    Platimax D.F. 1050 W (80 Plus Platinum)
    Google Chrome

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