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    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown
    How to Enable or Disable "Clear Virtual Memory Paging File at Shutdown" in Vista and Windows 7
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    28 May 2008
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown

    How to Enable or Disable "Clear Virtual Memory Paging File at Shutdown" in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    This will show you how to enable or disable clearing the virtual memory pagefile when you restart or shutdown the computer.

    By default, this setting is disabled in Vista and Windows 7.
    Note   Note

    WHY ENABLE:
    Sensitive information may have been temporarily stored in the virtual memory pagefile. For this security reason and others, it may be a good idea to enable this setting to clear the virtual memory pagefile occasionally or when you suspect this. When this setting is enabled it will clear the virtual memory pagefile, and the hibernation file only on a portable computer, when you restart or shutdown the computer.

    WHY DISABLE:
    When this setting is enabled it can add around a minute or so to how long it takes your computer to shutdown and restart. How much time it will add depends on how much RAM you have installed and how big the Virtual Memory Paging File is set at.
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    C:\pagefile.sys





    OPTION ONE

    Using a REG File Download
    1. To Disable Clear Paging File at Shutdown
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Disable_Clear_Page_File.reg
    download
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Enable Clear Paging File at Shutdown
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Enable_Clear_Page_File.reg
    download
    3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    7. If you enabled this setting, then restart or shutdown the computer to clear the Virtual Memory Paging File.




    OPTION TWO

    Through the Local Security Policy
    1. Open the Local Security Policy.

    2. In the left pane, click on to expand Local Policies and User Rights Assignment, then open Security Settings. (See screenshot below)
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown-secpol-1.jpg
    3. In the right pane, right click on Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile and click on Properties.

    4. To Enable Clear Paging File at Shutdown
    A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)

    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Disable Clear Paging File at Shutdown
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Select (dot) Disabled and click on OK.
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown-properties.jpg
    6. Close Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.

    7. If you enabled this setting, then restart or shutdown the computer to clear the Virtual Memory Paging File.




    OPTION THREE

    Manually Using Registry Editor
    1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.
    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

    4. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below)
    Code:
     
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown-reg_disabled.jpg
    5. To Enable Clear Paging File at Shutdown
    A) In the right pane, right click on ClearPageFileAtShutdown and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

    B) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown-modify_enabled.jpg
    C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown-reg_enabled.jpg
    E) Go to step 7.
    6. To Disable Clear Paging File at Shutdown
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) In the right pane, right click on ClearPageFileAtShutdown and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

    B) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown-modify_disabled.jpg
    C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below step 4)
    7. Close regedit.

    8. If you enabled this setting, then restart or shutdown the computer to clear the Virtual Memory Paging File.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown

    but how about I'm already turn off the (0) pagefile

    or is it really related?

    please advice,shawn

    thanks

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    Re: Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown

    Abiosis,

    No, this is not related to the Index at all. (From post: Index - Enable or Disable)

    This tutorial here will only enable or disable Vista from clearing the Virtual Page Memory file automatically when you shutdown the computer. That's all.

    Stopping and Disabling the Windows Search service will completely disable the Index.

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    Re: Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown

    really useful infos

    thanks again,Shawn

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    Re: Virtual Memory Paging File - Clear at Shutdown

    Your welcome Abiosis.

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    will enabling it decrease boot time?

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    Hello Darkbluetuber, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    Enabling this can only increase the boot time if you restart the computer. When this is enabled, the page file will be cleared at every shutdown and restart adding a bit of time for this to finish first.

    This will have no effect when starting the computer when it's already shut down or in sleep mode though.

    Hope this helps,
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