Among the many sections that we must take into account when measuring the performance of Windows or a PC, storage space has a great influence. At the same time we must take into account the processor that the equipment mounts , or the RAM it has.
Even if we have a somewhat older computer or limited in specifications, we can take some measures to improve the performance and use of Windows. As we mentioned, in addition to other components, everything that is related to storage space has a lot to do with it. And it is that this space in the disk drives that we are talking about, can help us to a great extent to work better with Windows 10.
In the event that, either over time, or due to intensive use of the equipment, we see that we run out of space on the equipment, we can take certain measures. First of all and as it is easy to think, we can expand or change those physical storage units of the team. But of course, that sometimes has a significant cost, something that not everyone can access.
Free up space from Windows by removing unnecessary programs
But in the same way, in order to free space on these disk drives, we can earn it by freeing them of certain amounts of information. Of course we are talking about data that could be considered unnecessary in Windows, for which the system itself offers us some solutions. An example is the possibility of deleting programs that we no longer use but that have been installed in the system. This is something that we can do through the Settings application .
Once in the window that appears, we go to the Applications and features section to see the corresponding list. Specifically, this refers to the programs that we currently have installed in Windows 10. Therefore, we recommend you take a look at it in search of applications that we can eliminate. To do this, it is enough that we place ourselves on its entry and click so that the Uninstall button appears .
As we can see first-hand, this will sometimes help us to recover even a few gigs of storage. However, Windows presents us with other options to achieve this that we discussed.
What is and how to remove pagefile.sys
Well, then we are going to show you one of those functions or tricks to free up space is Windows. We will achieve this through the file called pagefile.sys, which in certain cases takes up a good amount of space. To give you an idea, it can occupy perfectly 10 gigs without doing anything in the system, something that can increase. And it is that Windows stores files temporarily to be able to access them more quickly and have a better performance in case of having little memory.
At this point, one of the ones that can occupy the most is the aforementioned pagefile.sys in which we are going to focus on these same lines. The first thing to know is that it is actually a variable size file that is part of the system itself , so it is not malicious. It is used internally to temporarily store some data that is in the physical RAM of the computer, that is, it can be considered as a backup copy of this physical memory. Normally we will find it in the root of the C: drive, although it is not always in sight.
Disable pagefile.sys on Windows
It is possible that if we have enough RAM memory in the computer, the system considers that this dump file is not necessary. It is also possible that it is simply hidden and we cannot see it from the Explorer. Be that as it may, we are going to show you how to disable it once and for all in Windows. To do this and in order to disable the use of the pagefile.sys file, the first thing we do is open the run box with the Win + R key combination.
In it we have to type the command sysdm.cpl in order to directly access the System Properties section. Well, in it we will have to go to the Advanced Options tab and click on Settings in the Performance area .
Next, in the new window that we see on the screen, we go back to Advanced options / Change to access the section that really interests us. Here, the first thing we will do is disable the first option we see, Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
After that, in order to deactivate pagefile.sys, what we have to do is activate the option Without paging file, to accept and save the changes. What this does is that Windows 10 dispenses with creating this data dump file , which will save us a good amount of disk space.
Save space by disabling and deleting the hiberfil.sys file
Once we know about the pagefile.sys file, to save space in Windows, we can also get rid of another system file. In this case we refer to hiberfil.sys. This is a file used by the operating system to hibernate the computer. By this we mean that instead of turning it off completely, a copy of the contents of RAM is saved on the hard drive. Thus, when you turn it on again, it loads all that information, resuming its as we left it and in a much faster way.
Keep in mind that the greater the RAM available on the computer, the more space this file will occupy. That is why in certain circumstances we may be interested in deleting this file and thus saving a few gigs that will never hurt. To achieve this, we will have to open a Command Prompt window through the CMD command that we enter in the search box. It is recommended to do this with administrator permissions.
Therefore, what we are really going to do here is deactivate the integrated hibernation service so that the system does not have to create that file. Thus, once in the corresponding CMD window with administrator permissions, at first we will only have to enter the following command: powercfg / h off.
In this way, once the change has been completed, the file we mentioned will have disappeared from the computer and we will have more free gigs on disk.