How to make a dual-boot into Windows put the "pagefile.sys" onto the linux-swap partition

  9 years ago

You can have Linux use a swap file instead of a partition. You can also have Windows (via something like SwapFS - see or the mirror at use a swap partition and move your pagefile.sys to it.

SwapFs is a driver for Windows that let you use a Linux swap partition for temporary storage, like a RAM-disk. It is possible to put Windows page file on it. It is implemented as a disk filter driver.
New in release 2.1 Works with swap partitions bigger than 4GB, works on 64-bit systems.
New in release 2: Works with standby and hibernation on Windows 2000/XP.

You should also know that there are two files for the Windows operating system: the paging file (pagefile.sys) for swap and the hibernation file (hiberfil.sys), which stores the system state when the Windows operating system goes into "hibernate" mode.

kazztan0325 8 years ago

This tutorial is very interesting, though I don't use Windows on real machine anymore.

Alexio 8 years ago

As mentioned in the swapfs.reg file, you should know that /dev/hda1 in Linux is equivalent to \\Device\\Harddisk0\\Partition1 in Windows NT. Please note that an extended partition number is skipped in the enumeration.

You should try with "SwapDevice"="\\Device\\Harddisk0\\Partition4" and "S:"="\\Device\\Harddisk0\\Partition4". If it fails, you may need to write Harddisk1 instead of Harddisk0.

cpatrick08 8 years ago

so if my partition is sda4 i would change partition1 to partition4 on both instances in the swapfs.reg file