How to Disable Paging Executive in Windows for a Solid State Drive

by Mark David

Solid State Drives wear out over time, so reducing the amount of temporary data written to an SSD is essential for increasing its lifespan. Windows includes many options for reducing drive usage including turning off the Paging Executive, which prevents some of the core operating system files writing to the SSD. Windows instead stores these files in memory while the system is running. As long as enough memory is available, turning this feature off will not affect computer performance.

Step 1

Press the **Windows-R** keys to launch the Run dialog. Type **regedit** and press **Enter**.

Step 2

Expand **HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | System | Control | Session Manager** and then ** Memory Management** by double clicking on each.

Step 3

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.


  • Back up the registry before making any changes by clicking "File" and "Export" on the menu. Any errors could potentially render your system unusable.


About the Author

Mark David is a computer professional and is passionate about open source software. His other interests include astronomy, emerging energy technology, history and biking. David holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology from Excelsior College.

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