How to Disable the Paging File

What is How to Disable the Paging File?

Windows uses the paging file to store data that was in the physical memory, but then it was removed, because the system wanted to use the virtual memory for other purposes. Even though it is impossible the change the way Windows decides which programs are supposed to stay in the virtual memory and which will be kicked out. However, you can disable the paging file, so that the system would not use it anymore.

Disabling the paging file is not a bad idea especially when you have a high amount of RAM in your computer. With the paging file disabled, the memory management and memory access will be a lot faster. So if you have a 4GB RAM you might as well disable the paging file. If you have less than that disabling the paging file is not recommended, because then you would have to face a lot of troubles with your system.

Nevertheless, if you decided to disable the paging file, here’s how you do it:

  • Click the Start menu button and right-click “Computer”. From the menu that appears choose “Properties”.
  • Wait for the System to load and then go to “Advanced System Settings”.

  • Click on “Settings” under the “Performance” section.
  • Now select the “Advanced” tab and choose “Change” that is under Virtual Memory.
  • After that the Virtual Memory screen will load, and you have to uncheck the box next to “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”.
  • You might find a few drives listed in the box. It means that each drive has a paging file configured for it. Select each of the drives and then choose “No paging file” option right under the box. Click “Set”.

  • Go through the list of the drives and make sure that none of them have a paging file anymore. When you have confirmed that all of the paging files have been disabled, click OK and exit the menu.

If you want to speed up your computer, check whether the Registry is not overloaded with unnecessary registry entries. To do so, install a legitimate registry cleaner, which will detect and fix registry errors.


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