Cannot Set Custom Size for PageFile

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Paul, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I need some help here. I have Windows Vista Home Premium. When I go into
    the Performance Tab it says that my page file is 2217 but recommends 2875.
    So, I went and tried to set a pagefile size of 3092.

    It sets fine, but after a couple of reboots I go in and it tells me that I
    have no pagefile. I don't get an error message, just see this when I go to
    the Performance tab.

    I have worked around it by editing the registry, the key Existingpagefiles
    has a bunch of gibberish...lots of invalid characters. When I have the
    system manage the pagefile, I get the normal \??\c:\pagefile.sys...setting my
    own gives me crazy stuff after second reboot a lot of chinese/japanese
    characters before the \??\c:\pagefile.sys.

    I have completely restored my system and this didn't work. So, it isn't
    like my registry is corrupt...I can reproduce this problem.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Paul, Dec 31, 2007
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    Yves C. Guest

    Hi Paul,

    Had similar issues and I'm not an expert with recent systems...!

    First, reset it to auto mode (let windows decide). Note: If ever you change
    your memory you must reset it that way before, else you will crash and wont
    be able to start windows, will go into a loop (I'm running x32). Reboot, make
    sure system is stable, registry restored to original or scanned-cleaned. Once
    done, go back and look at the suggested or recommended size; select manual,
    and enter this amount as the minimum size and for the maximum size, double or
    triple it, make sure that "no page file" is selected by accident. The minimum
    default size of a page file is noramally the amount of ram you have plus 300
    Mb approx - the one in use when windows decides (auto mode). Hope this help.
    Yves C., Dec 31, 2007
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest


    Thanks for the reply. I tried all of this, it is just that I set it and
    then after 2 reboots, the system says I have no pagefile. After the first
    reboot, everything is fine and it sets the pagefile to what I have asked.

    The existingpagefiles key in the registry will look normal

    I can also see the key that says what the setting is and it is what I set.

    I then do a second reboot. Now, the system says no pagefile. The
    existingpagefiles key says gibberish\??\c:\pagefile.sys

    The registry still has that I set it to my custom settings...but the
    pagefile doesn't exist as far as the Performance tab says.

    If I clear out the gibberish\??\ and just leave the pagefile.sys, then I
    won't have a problem and can use my pagefile.

    I am now at a loss as to why this is happening. FWIW, I set the minimum and
    maximum to 3092...but have also tried 2875/3092 and got the same result.

    Paul, Dec 31, 2007
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    Yves C. Guest

    Hi Paul,

    I'm assuming your system is balanced. I'm also running Vista HP x32 and all
    is fine actually (2G mem DC). Can't add more here else than I also had
    problems upgrading the memory from 2G to 4G within less than a year span
    Yves C., Dec 31, 2007
  5. Paul

    Paul Guest


    Yep. I have Vista HP x32 on an HP Pavilion Slimline. I upgraded to 2GB of
    memory. Everything else seems to work fine, it is just this weird thing with
    setting to pagefile to what I want it to be.

    Paul, Dec 31, 2007
  6. Paul

    bomb#20 Guest

    So what is your exact problem ?
    You get no error messages, it sounds like the system works ok
    but you keep looking for trouble by editing " a bunch of gibberish "
    in the registry . How do you know it is gibberish?
    bomb#20, Dec 31, 2007
  7. Paul

    bomb#20 Guest

    Can you advise me how to " balance " my system?
    bomb#20, Dec 31, 2007
  8. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Because...I lose the pagefile. That is if I go into the Performance tab it
    tells me my computer has no pagefile. Even though I set it to a custom size.

    I am not looking for problems...I found a workaround that prevents me from
    losing my pagefile on reboot. However, it is manual and is not acting as it
    should. Once I set the pagefile, the system should remember the settings no
    matter how many reboots I do.
    Paul, Dec 31, 2007
  9. Paul

    CB Guest


    Have you tried an elevated command prompt using sfc /scannow? Have you
    tried running an elevated command prompt using chkdsk? Have you tried running
    your installation disk and doing a repair?

    I don't know if any of these methods will help you. Perhaps someone
    else in these forums knows the answer.

    You may want to look here and see if anything is helpful:
    Have a nice day.

    CB, Jan 1, 2008
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