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Enable or Disable Virtual Memory Paging File Encryption in Windows 11

A paging file (aka: “page file” and “virtual memory”) enables the system to remove infrequently accessed modified data from physical memory to let the system use physical memory more efficiently for more frequently accessed data. Windows also uses the page file to store data when physical memory (RAM) is full.

Encrypting the page file prevents malicious users from reading data that has been paged to disk, but also adds processing overhead for filesystem operations.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable virtual memory paging file encryption in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Encryption Level for File Sharing Connections in Windows 11

File and printer sharing is the ability of a computer running Windows to share a folder or attached printer with other computers on the same network.

  • File sharing allows you to make files and folders in a shared folder accessible to others on the same network to view, copy, or modify.
  • Printer sharing allows you to make an attached printer available to other computer users on the same network.

Windows uses 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections by default. Some devices do not support 128-bit encryption and must use 40- or 56-bit encryption.

This tutorial will show you how to change to use 128-bit or 40- or 56-bit encryption for file sharing on all networks in Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Device Encryption in Windows 10

Device encryption helps protect your data, and it’s available on a wide range of Windows devices. If you turn on device encryption, the data on your device can only be accessed by people who’ve been authorized. If device encryption isn’t available on your device, you may be able to turn on standard BitLocker encryption instead.

Device encryption is available on supported devices (ex: tablet or 2-in-1 laptop) running any Windows 10 edition. If you want to use standard BitLocker encryption instead, it is only available on supported devices running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education. Some devices have both types of encryption. BitLocker is not available on Windows 10 Home edition.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off device encryption in Windows 10.

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