Windows 8 paging file

The swap file is the area allocated on the hard drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD) or removable media into which data from the RAM will be unloaded at high loads. Simply put, this function is designed to increase computer performance. Understanding this, many users are interested in how to increase the swap file on Windows 8. Also, the popular request is the optimal size for it.

Resize the swap file

Open the root section of the Explorer. In an empty place of the window, click PCM, select the properties item.Opening PC properties in ExplorerFind the inscription in the left block “System Protection” and click on it.Location of the System Protection button in Windows 8Find the inscription in the left block “System Protection” and click on it.There is a faster option to access this element: press Win + R at the same time. In the dialog menu, enter sysdm.cpl and execute the command. Further action:

  1. In the window that opens, go to the section “Additionally”.
  2. Open the speed parameters.Opening performance parameters in System Properties
  3. Again we are interested in the section “Additionally”.
  4. A button is placed in the center of the window “Change …”, press her.
  5. The main settings are performed in this menu.Change Windows 8

Here you can set the size of the swap file, select the disk to place it and completely disable the function. Two settings are available: automatic and manual. In the first case, the system itself will determine all the parameters. But custom adjustment is also possible, which will be discussed in the next section of the article.

Optimal swap file size

On the Web you can find a large number of recommendations, which size of the Win 8 swap file should be set. But the bulk of such tips does not carry a technical justification, so do not trust them completely. But the opinion of the Microsoft developer should be heeded. One of the employees of the Sysinternals unit responsible for setting up technical software said that the optimal volume will be calculated by this dependence:

  • The minimum value is determined by the difference between the real volume of the RAM and the computer’s consumption of RAM at high boot.
  • And the maximum size is equal to two values multiplied from the previous paragraph.

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