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My Windows 8 page file is 34GB.  How do i shrink it?
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You can change the page-file setting so it won't be so large, here's a video how-to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP4T6QEIzVs
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Change the settings in the System Control Panel (Under Advanced System Settings on the left, then the "Settings" button in the "Performance" section of the Advanced tab). Once there, go to the Advanced tab on the Performance Options page and then click the "Change" button in the Virtual Memory section.

Pagefiles should be 1.5x RAM so if it's 34 GB, I suspect you have 24 GB of RAM.  I would instead MOVE it to another drive - or set two - one small one on C: and a much larger one on D: or E: (or whatever other physical drive you have).
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Turn it off. [Talk about windows "needing" a page file or even becoming unstable are just plain rumors]. Or do you exceed your physical RAM?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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@McKnife:  Actually some windows processes do use the pagefile.  You can reduce it drastically if you have lots of ram and don't need the resources.

Putting the pagefile on a different physical drive than the system drive is good for speeding things up. Putting the pagefile on a different partition on the same hard drive actually slows things down as they head has to seek back and forth.
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Hi.

Why are you telling me? I am not using a pagefile on none of my computers for about five years as they all have lots of RAM. Windows does not care, but performance does.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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for example: a blue screen requires a pagefile (200mb) to create the minidump
I suggest you read http://serverfault.com/questions/23621/any-benefit-or-detriment-from-removing-a-pagefile-on-an-8gb-ram-machine and then go through the links
Windows Internals By Mark Russinovich explains it well.
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