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    Default Can pagefile.sys be set to equal RAM or let Windows 7 handle sizing?

    Windows 7 Pro; can pagefile.sys be set to equal RAM or let Windows handle sizing? In two computers 16GB mem, in one 8GB. Will there be a benefit to setting pagefile.sys to 16GB or less? In the 3rd - set to 8GB?

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    Windows 7 / 8 have excellent memory management capabilities, and the Page File is best left alone. Only if one receives Virtual Memory is Low kind of messages, should one consider increasing its size.

    Prior to Windows 7 the default paging file size was determined differently on different versions of Windows. But in general terms, when the paging file size was configured as “system-managed” its size would typically be calculated as RAM x (some number greater than 1) or RAM + (some number). In Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 the default size is equal to the amount of memory installed in the machine. A nice read here at Microsoft.
    Also see Page File size recommendations for Windows 7 / 8.

    Let Windows manage its size.

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    With any of my systems that has 4GB or more RAM, I set the pagefile to 2GB. You will notice that the pagefile is hardly ever used in those cases.

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