Pagefile not staying put


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey all

Got this email:

It seems that every time I start the computer up, I get an error message window that pops up and tells me that I have no paging file or it is set too low. No matter how many times I go into the Advanced options and change it or specify a custom value, upon restarting, it continues to display the same message and seems to not apply the changes to the system.

Can any one help me out here? I was hoping I could fix this issue without having to reinstall XP on top of itself (via XP Repair).

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


American Zombie

Staff member
Political User
All I can think of is make sure to click on the SET button as otherwise the amount you set (if you just click on OK) will not take affect.


Mr. Bananagrabber
Political User
I had a problem of this sort a while back, i was told to post a highjack this log and people here fixed it.
I think i had it again as well, but changing the setting worked.


Overclocked Like A Mother
I have 768MB RAM (512+256)

It resets itself back to 0 (zero) no matter what I change it's value to. Yes, I click set everytime I change the value and apply changes.



OSNN Veteran Addict
If you have the pagefile on a secondary disk (first, don't tell Perris... ) I think the setting reverts to zero on the primary.

However, I don't think that's your issue.... researching...


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Political User
Mastershakes brings up a decent point, how about a screenie of his configuration which would show the drive(s) it's configured to.

Also, see if the change will stick if set in the registry. Start, Run, Regedit...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

Double-click PagingFiles, the entry should appear as

C:\pagefile.sys xxx xxx

With the first value being location, second being minimum size and third being maximum size. Change the values accordingly, reboot and see what happens.

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