What is Pagefile.sys? How to Delete, Resize, and Move it.

What is pagefile.sys? Can i delete it.

Windows 10 is a very resource-intensive operating system. Sometimes your physical memory is not enough to run all the processes at a time. In this type of situation, there are high chances of crashing the system.

But Microsoft teams have a fix for this through a special paging file called “pagefile.sys”. Pagefile.sys is basically a swap file that is designed to improve the Windows performance. It is a portion of the hard drive that acts as virtual memory.

As I said earlier when your windows physical memory (RAM) is insufficient to handle the process the pagefile.sys act as a virtual ram and power the windows to keep the running process without crashing the system.

What is Pagefile.sys?

Pagefile.sys is a swap file that is stored on the hard drive and acts as a virtual RAM for the windows to provide a smoother experience. This file is divided into serval parts to provide a better performance and is stored inside the C drive of PC.

File NamePagefile.sys
File SizeApprox 12GB. But depends upon the physical memory.
LocationC:\pagefile.sys
DescriptionA swap file that acts as a virtual RAM to improve the windows performance.
Is it a Virus?No, it is a system file.
Can i delete it?Yes, you can but not recommended as it will disturb the windows performance and you might fall in trouble.

If your windows physical memory doesn’t have enough capacity to hold another data, the files are paged on the pagefile.sys. It acts as a backup for physical memory. The RAM stores the data for a temporary period.

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But the Pagefile.sys store the data until you delete it yourself. It also acts when your pc crashes suddenly or power interruption. If you have installed windows on an SSD drive then the paging speed will increase 10x faster then a physical memory.

This is why windows use the pagefile so that the users will never face any issue while operating with the system. This increases the overall performance of the pc along with a backup option to RAM.

How to Delete Pagefile.sys?

So you want to delete pagefile.sys? However, it is not recommended by the expert as it will lead to many problems like lower performance, pc crashes, and abnormality of the system.

But if still you to delete the pagefile.sys to free up some storage on the drive then follow the below steps.

Step 1. Show hidden files. To do this you need to go to File Explorer and on the upper panel select View option and check “Show hidden file option“.

Show Hidden Files in Windows

Step 2. Sometime you will not see the system protected file by this also. To see system protected file click on View panel and select Option, from here click on “Change folder and search option“.

Windows Change Folder and Search Option

Step 3. Click on View Tab under Folder option and uncheck “hide protected operating system files“.

Show System Protected Files in Windows 10

Step 4. Navigate back to the C:\ and you will now see the pagefile.sys. From here Right-click on the mouse and select Delete.

How to Resize, Move and Manage Pagefile

Windows automatically manage the pagefile for you. It automatically creates and resizes the pagefile according to the physical memory and system need. But however, if you want to manage pagefile.sys manually then you do this from Advanced System Setting.

To resize, move and manage the pagefile.sys according to your need follow the below steps carefully.

Step 1. Click on start and type Advanced System Setting in the search area and hit enter button.

Windows Advanced System Setting

Step 2. Click on the Setting button under Performance. Now go to the Advanced tab option and select change option under the Virtual Memory section.

Resize Pagefile.sys or delete pagefile.sys

Step 3. From here you can resize the pagefile.sys according to your need.

Step 4. Restart the system to apply effects.

You can also move the pagefile to multiple locations on multiple drives to improve the performance. Note this will only work between two different drives not between two partitions of the same drive.

FAQs

Can I delete pagefile.sys?

Yes, you can delete the pagefile.sys as long as you know what are you doing. However, it is not recommended by the experts as it will mess up your system performance.

Is it safe to delete pagefile in windows 10?

We do not recommend you to delete a system file in the windows. Since the pagefile act as virtual memory for the windows, you will face performance-related issues and system abnormality.

Do i really need pagefile.sys?

Of course, you really need it. It helps windows to work smoother and carry process 10x faster than physical memory and save windows from a crash.

Where is pagefile.sys is located in windows?

Pagefile.sys is located under the C:\ drive of your system. The file is hidden by default and protected by the system.

Why pagefile.sys is too large?

The pagefile.sys runs when your physical memory is insufficient to run the programs. It works as virtual memory for the windows and its size depends upon the physical memory and programs you are using in daily life.

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