Are you in confusion if you should delete or not of the pagefile.sys in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or Windows 10? Yes! No problem it happens to me also. I will describe in this post why you need the pagefile.sys or when you should delete it. In general, pagefile.sys is the virtual memory, and it stays on the local hard drive. I will show here how to delete pagefile.sys in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.
What is pagefile.sys:
Generally, pagefile.sys is the virtual memory which stays on the local drive and it helps to speed up your computer processor. It works with the primary memory including RAM. Important to realize, pagefile (C:\) keeps the data and instruction for further increasing the system.
That means the pagefile work with the primary memory and when needs it also help the secondary memory. For this reason, pagefile.sys helps to run the processor quickly. You can tell it as the benefits of the pagefile. If you have enough memory on the RAM, you can keep it. Otherwise, you can delete it to free some memory from the disk.
By all means, if you think you have a large amount of memory in the system to run the OS smoothly, you can keep it. Otherwise, I will recommend to delete it. With this in mind, I will share the process of deleting the pagefile.sys from your Windows computer.
How to delete pagefile.sys in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10:
To repeat, pagefile.sys is one kind of virtual memory and it is stored to make faster of your windows computer. RAM always takes the data from the easier or closest area and it helps it to show the desired results fastly. Here pagefile.sys makes the process easiest. But as it wastes some memory of the system, you can delete it for saving the primary memory form the drive.
With this in mind, I will show all the process of disabling or removing the pagefile.sys. Let’s learn the process of eliminating the pagefile.sys step by step.
Step 01: Explore Computer Properties
In Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, you can go here by Right Click on My PC or My Computer and in Windows 7, you can do the same process or go from the control panel.
Step 02: Go to Advanced System Setting
When you will go to Advanced System Setting, it will pop-up a window.
Step 03: Go to Settings under System Properties Advanced Tab
Step 04: Go To Advanced Tab under Performance Options
Here, you have to click on Change. Look if the Program options under “adjust for best performance” is ticked on.
Step 05: Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option under Virtual Memory and click on set
It will not store any data in the virtual memory for your every drive.
Though you can set custom options, where pagefile.sys will store for the specific drive. I will also show you it in the next para.
How to resize and save pagefile.sys Customstom):
If you want to can set the pagefile.sys with custom behavior. That means it will save some of the important memory of you and will delete rest of the file from your windows computer. Let’s see how can you save custom file on the pagefile.sys.
Step 01: Follow the above step 1 to 5 to step from first and then do the below process.
As you want to work with the pagefile, you have to follow the first 5 step. You can check it from the above. I will not describe it further to keep the post accessible for all easily.
Step 02: Set Custom Size
Here you need to set custom size from the virtual memory. You can give the instructions what types of file will the save the computer. If pagefile.sys gets any large or extremely small file it will not store in the database. That means you can keep the size limits and which will store it.
Delete pagefile.sys Completely from the System:
If you want you can also delete the pagefile from your system, it will not keep or track any data to increase the performance. How can you do it? Yes! let’s know.
Step 01: First follow the first 5 steps and check no page file. (never forget the step 5 of unchecking the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option under Virtual Memory)
Step 02: Now click on Set and it will show you a message on a pop-up window as like “If you disable the paging file or set the initial size less than 400 megabytes and a system error occurs, Windows might not record details that could help the identity of the problem, Do you want to continue.” You have to select “Yes” as you do not want to store any data.
It will delete all the data under pagefile.sys. Above all, reboot your PC and it will start to work right now.
How to Restore pagefile.sys in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10?
You can ask again, Can I restore the pagefile in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. The Answer Yes! You can do it. The procedures it very easy.
Just Follow the above first 5 step and check or mark the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” it will come back again the pagefile.sys. If you search the pagefile.sys from the windows C drive, it will show you again. That means you can delete or restore it easily in your system. Never forget to reboot to bring the file again.
Editor’s Note From TechyPi:
At last, I will tell, the pagefile is the record of your previous work. It helps to function the computer more smoothly. If you delete, it will not make you any hamper. But surely it will save you some memory. For this reason, if you have not enough memory on the RAM or system, you can disable it. I think you have realized the methods as well as you will be able to delete the pagefile.sys from your windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
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