I'm unable to view/delete pagefile.sys using the recovery console.

A. A bug exists in Windows 2000 recovery console that does not display or let you delete pagefile.sys. The workaround is to copy another file to be pagefile.sys which will then expose the true file allowing it to be deleted:

  1. Boot into Recovery Console.
  2. Because you boot into the %SystemRoot% folder (most commonly the C:\Winnt folder), type the following command
    cd \
  3. Type the following command to overwrite the existing Pagefile.sys file with Boot.ini:
     c:\boot.ini pagefile.sys
  4. Type the following command:
    del pagefile.sys
  5. After you copy Boot.ini over to Pagefile.sys, Pagefile.sys appears in the directory listing.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.