System Paging File

At startup I get the following message:

"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 type an initial or maximum paging file size."

So I followed the instructions and this other message came up:

"Windows created a temporary page file on your computer because of a problem that occurred with your paging file configuration when you started your computer. The total paging file size for all disk drivers may be somewhat larger than the size you specified."

I clicked ok and set the initial size to 300mb and the maximum size to 330mb. I applied the changes and restarted the computer, but the message appeared again. I returned and set the paging file to "system managed size" then restarted the computer. Again the same messages continued to appear.

My question is why the changes are not taking effect and what I can I do to fix this problem. I know it is an old computer but I have plans for it.

By the way I just made a clean installation of Windows XP on a 40gig HD and 128mb Ram. I ran windows update installed all updates.


  • SephirothSephiroth Fayetteville, NC, USA
    For one, you're not using a memory-size. Use multiples, just like with real memory. I'd set the minimum to 256mb, and the max (since this IS XP) to 1024mb. Click APPLY, click OK, reboot. If you still get the message, either your drive is bad and not able to be written to in certain areas, or somehow it is read-only.


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