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    Hi Guys,
    I am having a problem with clearing my pagefile.sys at shutdown. I'm running Vista Home Premium and I've set the relevant Registry to allow clearing at shutdown but still no joy - all the original information is still there when I check it with 'Directory Snoop' and 'Winhex'.

    Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be ?

    Graham

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    Might be worth checking that you have got the registry setting exactly correct - or let Microsoft "Fix It For You"!
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    Hi,
    I've manually set the registry ( ClearPageFileAtShutdown) at '1' and also used the Microsoft 'Fixit' utility but still the pagefile won't clear ! Is it possible that something else is reloading the information into the pagefile upon reboot ?

    Graham

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Stokes View Post
    Is it possible that something else is reloading the information into the pagefile upon reboot ?
    Err, yes! "The operating system" does this. That's how the page file works!

    But if you were to access the disk from an external source after shutdown, you would find it to be empty.

    Remember that clearing the page file to zeros at shutdown will slow down your shutdown.
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    Hi,
    I was under the impression that the pagefile was only used if RAM was getting low - I have 3GB installed. The passwords etc. can be viewed with a hex editor even before any work is carried out with the computer so I'm confused as to where this information is being held in order to 'populate' the pagefile immediately upon reboot.

    Graham

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    I think you will find that even with 3 Gb of RAM the page file is still used regularly. Remember the Windows kernel itself utilizes a considerable portion of RAM. This is one reason why, even with more RAM than you have on 64 Bit systems, it is highly recommended to NOT turn the page file off. Many power users simply set up their own parameters for the page file rather than let Windows control the size.
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