And this is why it is best to just let windows manage it. Some poorly written games and apps still look for a page file and want it a certain size.For a long time I gave up on using pagefiles as I was running 16-32GB of ram. So I would just set a 200MB-200MB set pagefile on a SSD and leave it at that. I would have one cos some older stuff likes to know one exists.
Then I started playing Fallout4 a few years back and it would throw up a Pagefile too small error. That was the only software that had an issue in years. So I just set it to automatic on the SSD and that was that. It does seem however, that MS has put a lot more into cacheing and ram etc. over the years with Windows 8 onwards certainly. I think years ago from the 90's to Windows 7 it was a case of "we need to dump what's in RAM to disk cos we ain't got enough" but it's got a lot more sophisticated.
yea, I know. I have some SSDs but I needed to use the 640gb because they stopped workingGet an ssd like this for $30: https://www.newegg.com/team-group-512gb-cx2/p/N82E16820331560
and stop worrying...
Disabling the page file was a thing back with Win XP. I used to do that for a while but even had to give up at some point because some stuff just would not work without it. Plus the gains weren't really substantial and they would be even less so today.I disabled page file on my new 32GB system because I read that doing so can extend the life of the NVME by eliminating unnecessary write operations. I figured that 32GB RAM was big enough that paging really wasn't needed. I have been running some RAM heavy applications (Cemu) without any issues so far.
That said, judging from the responses on this thread I likely didn't make the right decision here. Are there reasons why you wouldn't recommend the OP disable page file with 32GB RAM?
For a few days 8 or 9 years ago I was using a win7 system with a disabled page file and not quite enough ram. The results were hellish, my coworkers and I didn't know the systems were configured that way, and initially assumed the random crashing of our applications was due to some other configuration problem. For the few days it took to figure out what the problem was and to convince our admin that whatever site he read that was pushing no swap was wrong our productivity was probably half normal. Once they were turned back on everything was fine again. Using 9GB of memory on an 8GB system's not that bad when spread across multiple applications some of which are slow, bloated, and waste lots of memory loading stuff we don't actually need, and even the mild slowdown from going a bit over is still far better than having software randomly terminate.Disabling the page file was a thing back with Win XP. I used to do that for a while but even had to give up at some point because some stuff just would not work without it. Plus the gains weren't really substantial and they would be even less so today.
I highly doubt you need to worry about the lifespan of your nvme drive.
years ago.. windows 9x, I used to set the pagefile... put it on a physically 2nd drive (D and set it to min/max 2.5x amount of ram... I remember googling.. wait Altavista searching and they said that way you should never fill it.. bit of a waste but it is good as drives are cheap..
so put on SSD or NVMe drive and set to 2.5x for min/max.. poof done