Despite my best effort researching and debugging this problem on my own, I haven't been able to solve it.

Some basic info to start:

  • I'm running the latest version of Windows 10 (no pending updates at the time of writing).
  • I have two 500 GB drives (C: and D:).
  • I want to put my page file on the D: drive (where there is more available space).
  • Here are my current virtual memory settings:
    Virtual memory (page file) settings for both C and D drives

Now, the problem. Every time I boot, I get this message:

"Windows created a temporary paging file..." error

No matter what I do, I can't seem to get this message to stop appearing. And I don't know what kind of "problem" Windows is running into.

Here's a list of everything I've tried so far:

  • Restarting (many times)
  • Turning off page files for both drives (and restarting afterwards). (The pagefile.sys file disappears from both drives, but the error still comes up.)
  • System File Checker (sfc /scannow)
  • Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth)
  • Check Disk tool on both volumes (chkdsk C: /R and chkdsk D: /R)
  • Repair installation of Windows 10 (in-place upgrade using the "keep files and apps" setting)

Any other advice on what I should try, or where I should look for more details on what's going wrong?

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    The problem is that you're trying not to have a page file on the system partition. Just let Windows have what it wants.
    – Daniel B
    Apr 19, 2022 at 20:27
  • I've seen this myself, and it was a matter of an existing pagefile that was somehow corrupted and thus a new one could not be made. But yeah, there needs to be a pagefile on C too, even if its just a small one.
    – LPChip
    Apr 19, 2022 at 20:31
  • ~24 GB free space on a ~500 GB drive is perhaps somewhat too low: aim for maybe 20% free space so that it can keep running smoothly. Apr 19, 2022 at 20:35
  • @AndrewMorton I agree with that, but it's not always easy. I decided to move a couple file groups around so that the OS had most of the free space and the D drive is nearly full instead. Apr 20, 2022 at 0:46
  • @DanielB I know Windows Server it doesn't have a problem with the page file not being on the OS disk, but Windows Desktop might be different. In the end I rearranged my files to move the free space and put the page file back on the C drive. Apr 20, 2022 at 0:47

2 Answers 2


I found a working solution here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/move-pagefile-to-another-disk-windows-keeps-using/b80fed24-12ff-4482-a45d-fdbae4f08987

No matter what you do it keeps creating a temporary page file on C:\ the solution to this is if you have enabled Bitlocker Drive Encryption it creates and enables the registry key "PagefileOnOsVolume" and set it to enabled. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929820/bitlocker-drive-encryption-bde-enables-the-pagefileonosvolume-registry

Even if you disable bitlocker and decrypt the drives this registry key stays set as enabled bypassing any attempts to move the page file to another partition / drive. If you set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PagefileOnOsVolume to 0 then reboot you will be able to set your page file to none on your OS drive and move it properly to another partition / hd.

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    Thank you so much! This did the trick! I was having so much trouble moving the 60gb pagefile.sys from my OS C:\ drive (which has Bitlocker) to another internal hard drive. Changing registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PagefileOnOsVolume from 1 to 0 then rebooting solved it!!
    – RcoderNY
    Oct 25, 2023 at 16:36

I encountered the same problem and found a (dissatisfying) fix for it.

My observations were:

  • Windows wants a page file on C: (as @Daniel B wrote in the comments)
  • The secondary page file must have a fixed size, otherwise windows won't use it

Therefore you have to create a small (16MB - 32MB or so) page file on C:. Then you can create a second page file on another drive. The second page file must have a fixed size, otherwise windows won't use it properly.

With the following settings, I get a page file on a secondary drive working:

Virtual Memory

  • My machine doesn't seem to accept 16MB - 32MB so I make it to 1000 - 2000. It works for now
    – Ooker
    Oct 5, 2022 at 9:24
  • Is such a huge 32GB file necessary? Jun 27, 2023 at 14:52

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