What is vga?

The genuine vga.sys file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
Included in all versions of Windows, this driver is necessary for any VGA monitor to function. Vga.sys allows the operating system to communicate with the video hardware, allowing the user to see the screen. Problems with vga.sys are critical errors if a VGA monitor is being used. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

VGA stands for Video Graphics Array / Super VGA Video Driver

Vga.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if vga.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Vga.sys file information

The process known as VGA/Super VGA Video Driver or VgaSave belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original vga.sys is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Vga.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,992 bytes (64% of all occurrences), 25,088 bytes, 19,584 bytes or 29,184 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The service has no detailed description. The file is a Windows core system file. vga.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify vga.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as vga.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the vga.sys process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

upon rebooting my windows xp by disk it said failed because vga.sys is corrupt
Actually I had to erase all VGA.SYS files from every Windows Folder (vgapnp.sys, etc.) because I was having problems within my ATI and the Onboard card. Everytime I boot the pc i was having 100% CPU USAGE without decreasing. I erased them all with "Unlocker". My Card is an ATI HD 4650 and i'm using Windows 7 32Bit
vga.sys is video graphic driver, part of Windows.
In WIN 7 64-bit, with an ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics, the Standard VGA Graphics Driver (vga.sys in Win XP and Vgapnp.sys in Win 7)is the only driver that allows booting into the OS without a "No Input Signal" and failure to boot to password input and the desktop. The Catalyst installer application gives a "Failed to Load Detection driver" on installing in both operating systems and the vga.sys or vgapnp.sys drivers are the only thing that works.
  John Beach  
Auf einem Windows 7 Ulitmate 64Bit System hatte ich das Problem, dass der abgesicherte Modus nicht mehr gestartet werden konnte. Sämtliche Reparaturversuche nach diversen Informationen schlugen fehl, bis ein sfc /scannow und eine Analyse des Logfiles zeigte, dass vga.sys nicht repariert werden konnte. Also habe ich eine korrekte Version von vga.sys heruntergeladen und im Verzeichnis (s. Titel des thread) anstelle der dortigen gespeichert. = Der abgesicherte Modus funktionierte wieder normal!

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Summary: Average user rating of vga.sys: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 4 users think vga.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving vga issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vga. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the vga.sys process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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