ntoskrnl.exe in Windows 10 – What is it and How does work

Here, in this article, we will discuss everything about ntoskrnl.exe in Windows 10. It stands for Windows NT operating system kernel and is also known as kernel image. Basically, this file provides the kernel and executive layers to the Windows NT kernel space. Moreover, it is also a memory handler program provided by Microsoft.

Furthermore, ntoskrnl.exe in Windows 10 is responsible for several system services. For example – hardware virtualization, process and memory management which makes it a crucial part of the system.

It has come to our knowledge from various forums that ntoskrnl.exe file is leaking memory and consumes high RAM and CPU storage. In addition, some users also experience their PC screen facing Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) which can be due to memory dumps.

ntoskrnl.exe in Windows 10 – What is it and How does works

What is ntoskrnl.exe?

This is a fundamental part of the system responsible for various functions in your PC like cache manager, the executive, the kernel, the security reference monitor, the memory manager moreover the scheduler. To access this file you need to follow the path C:\Windows\System 32. Moreover, you can also open Task Manager and then click on the Details Tab.

ntoskrnl.exe is a very good file from Microsoft which also contains a digital signature. It is a compressed file and doesn’t have any visible window.

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How it works on your PC

With the new concept of Windows 10, ntoskrnl.exe works as memory management which is not easily destroyed and corrupted. Once a particular task is loaded onto the RAM, the file identifies that task. Then it will decode, execute and load in its memory. Along with the best utilization of the memory, it also takes care of memory management. When the task gets completed, it works to free that memory and executes other programs. This process makes faster execution of Windows 10.

Uninstallation process of ntoskrnl.exe in Windows 10

If you are very much sure that this file is creating a nuisance on your PC and using more memory storage than required, you can uninstall this file from your computer using the Control Panel. If the same file name exists at other places than its original path as mentioned above, it might be Trojan which uses to affect your PC. It may be possible that some antivirus such as “avast” or freeware shows the file is corrupt. Therefore while using any antivirus, make sure that it is up to date and is working properly.

How to fix issues related to ntoskrnl.exe

Always keep your PC’s driver update. See Tips to Update Driver Software on Windows 10 Step by Step.

If your CPU is causing any problem in updating, you can bypass the issue by following the given instructions.

Way-1: Using Services

Step-1: Open Start Menu, type services, and hit Enter.

Step-2: Once Services window appears, locate and double-click Windows Search (see snapshot).

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Step-3: Be on the General tab and click the Stop button. Finally, click OK button.

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Way-2: Use SFT tool

System file checker might fix errors associated with ntoskrnl.exe. The tool will scan the installation files file thoroughly and repair if any bug exist.

First of all, Launch Elevated Command Prompt on Windows 10.

Way-3: Run DISM Tool

You have already got access to the command prompt (admin privilege), so type the below-given command and hit Enter to execute it.


Lastly, Restart Windows 10 PC to fix issues of ntoskrnl.exe.

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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.