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Windows 8 with 8GB RAM - is it safe to work without a page file?

While most of the usage is ~4GB usage?

If not - what's would you recommend in order to maximize performance?
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jerseysamCommented:
The jury is out really on whether you need one or not.

I guess if you dont reach your RAM allocation then no.

However, i would always have pagefile, even if you keep it small.
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jerseysamCommented:
Remember that things like crash dumps will usually go to pagefile etc
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It is always recommended for Windows OS to work with a Pagefile set to Automatic.
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rindiCommented:
The pagefile is needed. Windows doesn't work stably without it, even if you have plenty of RAM.
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DarinTCHSenior CyberSecurity EngineerCommented:
the questions vary
Is it possible to work without it?....yes
Is it recommended?...no
Is it safe?.....depends on your definition of safe
(a corporate device - possibly a production machine - then no way)
(a home device with little usage and minimal workload-then maybe)

any heavy load can take advantage of page file
as mentioned any crash will use it?
since most systems have ample storage it seems like there is nota negative impact in most situations
even in laptops with small HDD or limited space I'll always use a decent sized page file

so unless you have an absolute reason for not using it......then have one
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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McKnifeCommented:
Hi.

I challenge rindi's "The pagefile is needed. Windows doesn't work stably without it, even if you have plenty of RAM." I am working without a pagefile on several win7 and 8 computers that have 8 or more GB RAM - and do a a lot RAM consuming things like Hyper-V - never had a problem in years. Performance was better than with a system set p.f.
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IT_Group1Author Commented:
Guys, thank you all !
The bottom line: will there be a significant performance improvement if i'll disable the PF?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
depends on how you use your PC!
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DarinTCHSenior CyberSecurity EngineerCommented:
no - no matter what there will NOT be a significant improvement

on most newer PCs it won't even be noticeable to the user
even some techs couldn't tell the difference unless they benchmarked it

want to see a significant improvement....get more RAM.....lol

other improvements is to set windows for BEST performance NOT best Appearance

njoy
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IT_Group1Author Commented:
Thx
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