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#1 mnd1982

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:05 PM

Today I saw a tutorial on how to make your computer delete the pagefile.sys on system shut down.You can watch it on following url:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/358526/make_...when_shut_down/

I am writing down the whole process as shown on the tutorial

go to
control panel>administrative tools>local security policy>click on local policies
On the right hand side window scroll down to "shut down:Clear virtual memory page file" right click on it select properties check the "enable" option.If it is already enabled then click on 'disable" and then click on "enable".

I just want to ask is it safe to do so? If not is there any tool to clean the clutter(unnecessary files) from pagefile.sys please suggest

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:33 PM

Hello,

It is safe to delete the pagefile at shutdown, people delete it at shutdown to increase security, I believe that the pagepile is overwritten with 0s to start fresh. Doing this just increases the shutdown time.

Hope this helps
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:40 PM

thank you nigglesnush85 for helping.I just wanne answers to following questions.
Will it (deleting page file) hamper the performance in any way? or will it make the system loose some important system files?When I will delete it do I have to create another page file.sys manually if yes how can I do it or the system will create it automatically? Is there any tool which can handle pagefile more easily i.e can clean it.

Edited by mnd1982, 23 February 2007 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:55 PM

clearing the pagefile at shutdown will just wipe it clean ready for the next time the system is booted. it is important not to delete the pagefile while you are in windows. is right click and delete, as it is a system file and will likely crash the system.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q314834
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 07:52 PM

Deleting the pagefile is also a tool that's used when there are memory problems. There's also a tutorial here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic71367.html#
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