Is it possible to run Windows Operating system without virtual memory?

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  • Is it possible to run Windows Operating system  without virtual memory?  if i have suffecient RAM?

    I dissabled pageing from system advance property but still in my task manager i can see Virtual memory  ,Page pool ,non page pool memory etc..  so taskmanager Vm size mean something different ?

    Please help me to get it correctly .


    Ashok kumar

    Friday, February 10, 2012 6:02 PM

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  • Hello,

    you can run a computer without a pagefile without any problem. But keep in mind that no memory dump is possible in case you'll get a blue screen.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
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    Friday, February 10, 2012 7:16 PM
  • Hello

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    Open User Accounts in Control Panel.


    Click your account name.


    Under Related Tasks located on the left side of the window, click Manage my network passwords.

    You can now add a user name and password that you use to access a resource, or you can edit or remove an existing entry.


    Renato Kurti CCNA,CCNP Security,CCAI,MCP,MCTS,MCITP:EA

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:12 AM
  • Hi,

    Please check the following guides.

    Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory

    Should the pagefile be used even if I have sufficient physical memory?

    Best Regards,
    Vincent Hu

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:17 PM
  • No.  Operating Systems do not allow applications etc to point directly to physical pages, by design. The application/OS doesnt care if the page is in memory or disk etc, so what you are seeing is simply by design.  The memory manager handles this on their behalf.

    The chapter on memory management breaks it down, you might want to give it a read.

    Dave Guenthner [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:22 PM
  • Dear Dave,

    Thanks for the Insight ,if it is like that by design then why microsoft windows give us option to dissable Virtual Memory using system advance property ?. what is the purpose of dissabling Virtual memory ? Please refer me some KB .


    Ashokk kumar

    Monday, February 13, 2012 7:39 AM
  • Yes I think.But I feel the problem arises when you want to run any application that occupies beyond the Physical memory(RAM).Until then it works fine i feel.

    Please correct me if any thing wrong.

    Thanks & Regards,


    M.Tech(Computer Science)


    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:32 AM
  • Hi,

    Are you sure? In Virtual memory concept also the CPU generates the Phsycial address i.e. a location in it can refer right?

    thanks & Regards,


    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:34 AM