Best way to reduce the size of the VM "Windows 10 Home" (35GB)?

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  1. Saerdna

    Saerdna Bit Poster

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    I'm running out of space on my internal SSD on my Mac. My VM with Windows 10 Home uses 35GB.
    I use it for testing. No extra Software like Office is installed.

    What I did so far?
    1. I cleaned the hard disk with the windows function, included the system files.
    2. I disable hiberfile.sys and checked, if it's gone.
    I couldn't change the place, where pagefile.sys is stored. I cannot get into the dialog for entering a new path.

    Is there a good way to reduce the size of the VM?

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2018
  2. Arun@Parallels

    Arun@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Hi @Saerdna , please click on Actions > Manage Snapshots . Please delete the snapshots and check if that helps.
     
  3. Saerdna

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    Thanks for your answer, Arun :)
    I used the function "free space" in Parallels. The snapshots has "0KB".

    Is there a way to change the place where pagefile.sys is stored to another harddisk? As I said, the dialog does not show an option to change the path. Do I have to allow that somewhere in parallels.
     
  4. Ajith1

    Ajith1 Parallels Support

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    It is not suggested to move pagefile.sys of a virtual machine. If you wish to try moving the pagefile.sys, refer to this third party blog but you have to connect the external drive permanently to the VM.
     
  5. Saerdna

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  6. Ajith1

    Ajith1 Parallels Support

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    We will not advise moving pagefile.sys because of you are not using a real PC and drives connected to Mac are detected as network drives on the Windows which cannot be used to save the pagefile.sys. You have to assign USB permanently to Windows and then you can move page file. Make sure that USB drive is connected to the Mac when VM is started else Windows might crash stating some page file error.
     

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