Your system has no paging file...

My computer crashed hard a week ago. I repaired the Windows install, but since then I've been getting the following message when any of the three interactive users logs on:

Limited Virtual Memory
Your system has no paging file, or the paging file is too small.   To fix this problem, go to System in Control Panel, click the Advanced tab, and under Performance, click Settings. On the Advanced tab, click Change. Click Custom size, and then type an initial or maximum page file size.

Unfortunately KB 316528 doesn't apply and KB 31270 didn't work. Frustrating. Further Googling just gave me that creepy thing where several people report a problem and no one answers it. Any ideas?

Looks like time to repave. I was going to take this opportunity to upgrade to XP Pro 64 Bit (CPU is an AMD64, Virtual PC won't run on XP 64 (yet - although I'm sure it's in the works). Drat.


  • I recently had this same issue.

    Basically it means your hard drive is shot.

    Get a new one and Ghost the data over ASAP.

    Good luck.

  • I'm having this problem right now. You could check your permissions on local security policy and make sure that system is allowed to create a pagefile. I've ran scan disk and it says my drive is fine. Not to mention it's new. Windows creates a nice temporary file since i've changed the permissions, but i keep getting the error message at startup, too

  • I keep placing my paging file on partition F on the slave drive and it keeps returning to C. I have 4GB of RAM and a 10GB partition for the paging file.

    Any idea whats going on?

    I have never had this problem before.


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