How to Make Windows Delete the Paging File When Shut Down

Apr 28, 2019

Pagefile.sys is a memory file that stored on your local hard drive, if you need some extra memory, you can delete them, because a large number of pagefiles may slow down your system.

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The pagefile.sys acts as a virtual memory on your windows, if your machine is in low memory, windows will move the used memory pages to a hidden file called pagefile.sys. When you shut down your computer, the system’s RAM will be erased but the page files can’t, so it makes possible for others to check for the sensitive data in the pagefile.sys. If you don’t want this to happen, this how-to tutorial will show you how to tweak the Windows 10 Registry file to force the deletion of pagefile.sys on every shutdown.

Step 1. Open Control Panel

Open “Control Panel” and go to “System”.

Step 2. Open Advanced settings

Click on “Advanced Settings” located on the left panel.

Step 3. Open Performance settings

Select the “Performance settings” option under the advanced tab.

Step 4. Switch to Advanced tab

Select the “Advanced” tab, then click the Change button under the Virtual memory options.

Step 5. Change virtual memory settings

Uncheck the option of “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”, and choose the “No paging file” option and click “Set”.

At last, you need to reboot your system to save these changes.

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