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    Deletion + Reallocation of the Page File (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista)

    Page File Deletion + Reallocation

    Page File Deletion & Reallocation Tutorial
    The following will instruct you on how to delete and reallocate the page file (c:\pagefile.sys).

    Start by clicking on the applicable Windows OS:

    Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 - Bring up Search screen (press WIN + S keys) and type/paste sysdm.cpl; select the entry below it - (Windows 7 and Vista - see next step) -
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    Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows Vista - Click on START; type/paste sysdm.cpl into the Start Search box; select sysdm.cpl from the search listing results
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    Click on "Advanced" tab; click on "Settings" (hover mouse over image to enlarge it) -
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    Click on "Advanced" tab; click on "Change" (hover mouse over image to enlarge it) -
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    1. Un-check "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives"
    2. Check "No paging file" box
    3. Click on "Set"
    4. Click on "OK"
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    This screen will likely appear -- if so, press "OK" -
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    Re-boot your system.

    Next, we need to remove the "hidden" and "system" file attributes from the page file.

    Bring up an Admin CMD prompt -
    Open an Elevated Admin Command Prompt (CMD) - Windows 10
    Open an Elevated Admin Command Prompt Window (Windows 8 / 8.1)
    Open an Elevated Admin Command Prompt Window (Windows 7/ Vista)

    Type or paste the following into the CMD screen:
    attrib -s -h %systemdrive%\pagefile.sys

    When complete, leave the CMD screen open for now.

    Next - delete the page file.

    You can use Windows Explorer -- locate c:\pagefile.sys, RIGHT-click on the file, press & hold the left SHIFT key down while clicking on DELETE. This is called a "hard delete" - it will bypass the Recycle Bin. A hard-delete is preferred as the page file may be too large for the Recycle Bin or in cases of low hard disk space.

    My preferred method - delete the page file via CMD. Type/paste the following into the Admin CMD screen left open from the ATTRIB step. If you closed the CMD, screen, simply follow the instructions to open a new Admin CMD screen -
    del /a /q %systemdrive%\pagefile.sys

    Deletion of Paging Files on Drives other than c: (System Drive)
    Drive c: is the usual designation for the system drive (or "OS drive"). You can delete page file(s) from other drives or partitions via Windows Explorer or by substituting the drive letter for %systemdrive% in the CMD screen.

    Example: To delete a paging file on drive j: - substitute j:\pagefile.sys for %systemdrive%\pagefile.sys

    For info, %systemdrive% is an environment variable (ENV VAR). The system/OS drive/partition letter followed by a colon (:) is substituted by Windows for the ENV VAR as can be seen here by a simple CMD ECHO command - (hover mouse over image to enlarge it) -

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    Time to reallocate the Page File/ Turn virtual memory back on.

    Go back into the page file screen - follow the above steps except for the last one.

    Check Box #1 to allow Windows to manage paging files; then click on OK -

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    You will likely see this screen:

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    Re-boot your system. Page file deletion and reallocation are now complete!

    If you would like assistance, please start a new thread in the appropriate OS forum:
    Microsoft Support & Malware Removal - Sysnative Forums

    Additional Information from Microsoft
    RAM, virtual memory, pagefile, and memory management in Windows
    RAM, Virtual Memory, PageFile and all that stuff
    Change the size of virtual memory - Windows Help
    How to determine the appropriate page file size for 64-bit versions of Windows
    What is virtual memory? - Windows Help
    Page File How big is Yours ? - Jane Lewis's Weblog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
    Last edited by jcgriff2; 07-30-2015 at 05:47 PM.
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