Solid State Drives (SSD) are many times faster than traditional magnetic disks. SSDs also wear out over time, so reducing the amount of temporary data being written to the drive is essential for a long lifespan. Windows 7 includes many options for reducing drive usage including turning off the Paging Executive which prevents some of the core operating system files from being written to the SSD. The files are instead kept in memory while the system is running. As long as enough memory is available, turning this feature off will not affect performance.
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Press the "Windows" and "R" keys to launch the "Run" dialogue. Type "regedit" and press "Enter."
Expand "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE," "System," "Control," "Session Manager," and "Memory Management" by double clicking on each.
Double click "DisablePagingExecutive" in the right side of the window. Change the "Value data" entry from "0" to "1."
Close the registry editor and reboot your machine.
Tips and warnings
- Back up the registry before making any changes by clicking "File" and "Export" on the menu. Any errors could potentially render your system unusable.
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