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If you turn swap file off, does windows make it's own?

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by nightfly, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. nightfly

    nightfly Member

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    This question pertains to windows 7 only. Please, please don't tell me about vista, xp, 2000, millenium, 98, 95 or 3.whatever.
    People keep telling me how much better windows 7 is than previous iterations. But I keep running into a brick wall when discussing this on other forums, no one will give me a straight answer. Simple question, really; If you try to turn off the swap file in windows 7, does it create one anyway like previous versions of windows? And if so, where does it put it?
    I don't need to know all the reasons why one might not want to turn off the swap file.
    I don't need to know how important it is to let windows run itself.
    I don't need to know that you consider microsoft's engineers to be much smarter than I am so I should let them go ahead and let windows make my decisions for me.
    I only need to know the answer to these two questions, so please, please can someone just answer and we can be done.
    Thank you.
     
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    aldan Active member

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    as to question 1.no. this makes question 2 unnecessary.
     
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    are we done here?
     
  4. Jeffrey_P

    Jeffrey_P Regular member

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    If Win7 had a swapfile installed and can't find it during booting it will make a temporary swapfile.

    Using the Control Panel> Advanced System Settings> Advanced Tab >Settings, just select the size you wish to use. Zero for if don't want a swapfile.

    Even if you have tons of RAM a 16 megger is suggested because some poorly written software won't function without it.
    Jeff
     
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    Great. But that still doesn't tell me where windows puts the friggin' thing.
     
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    You may have to show hidden files.

    Start menu> control panel> Personalization> Tools> Folder options> view> click show on hidden files, folder and drives.

    It's named pagefile.sys not swapfile.

    I keep a 16 Meg swapfile on another drive so it doesn't inhibit read/write times on the boot drive if, when it is ever being used.

    Jeff
     
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