Tips for Techies - December 17, 2001

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Delete Pagefile When You Shut Down Windows

From: Nieves Talavera, Issaquah, WA

You might want to delete the pagefile from your system to avoid somebody's ability to look at personal data. This procedure will lengthen the time it takes for Windows XP to shut down, but it will make you feel better to know that this data doesn't remain in the computer.

Start regedit.

Navigate to


Set the key ClearPageFileAtShutdown to 1 to enable.

Close regedit and reboot your computer to take effect.

WARNING Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.