Prompt to setup windows 7 pagefile on restart

Hewlett-packard Dv2000 notebook
July 19, 2010 at 21:18:35
Specs: Win 7 Home Pre, 2.399 GHz / 1023 MB
In my laptop, every time when someone is making restart, computer is asking to set up for paging file again and again. If you ignore it, that page file will be set to 0 Mb and sometimes, when watching videos computer is saying that it is low on memory. So, I have to set up page file over and over. I set it between 3 000 Mb and 5 000 Mb. Right now there is 2 Gb of RAM installed and it can't go any higher.
Can anyone suggest what could be the best solution in here?

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July 20, 2010 at 04:27:56
It could be faulty RAM that's causing it to reset to zero.

I also read that some versions of Zonelarm can cause it.

You can test the the ram yourself with a software tool:
You need to test it for several hours to get an accurate assessment.

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July 20, 2010 at 05:23:56
How large is your hard drive and how much free space is on it?

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July 20, 2010 at 16:07:28
Thanks for suggestions!!

Hard drive is 160 Gb total and about 120 is free, plenty of space.

I'll try to check RAM test, but because it takes several hours, I'll post results much later. Pretty good idea, thank you!

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July 20, 2010 at 16:35:23
It is best to allow Windows to manager your page file.

You are confusing the page file, which is virtual memory on the hard drive, with installed RAM. The two work hand in hand but are not the same thing.

Select to allow Windows to manage the page file and the message should go away.

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July 20, 2010 at 16:43:44
OtherHill, thanks for trying to help me out, but why do you think I'm confusing "page file" and "RAM". I said clearly, I have total of 2Gb of RAM already installed and motherboard can't accept anymore than that. And about page file, every time I set it up between 3 Gb and 5Gb which come from my hard disk. Also, like you are saying, there is option for Windows to manage page file by itself, I tried that too several times. Every option works as long as I don't make any restart. But I have to make restarts once in a while, especially after computer updates or some other reasons and then after computer boots up, it is asking for page file again. That is the problem, why do I have to manage it every time computer restarts?
pip22 pointed out for a good reason, I didn't try it yet, it takes plenty of time, so I'll post results much later for that.
And thanks for trying anyway.

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July 20, 2010 at 17:15:44
OK, I was under the impression that someone may have set the pagefile to 0 or something.

I just had a look at the setting screen. I did notice that when I reset my virtual settings a second screen popped up with both an apply and an OK button on it. Easy to overlook the apply button. Also need to tick the bullet marked let Windows manage.

If you have done all that and the message still appears then try going to the link below and look for Page file under the P listings. There are a number of help items there.

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August 2, 2010 at 22:05:28
Sorry for slow reply but finally I followed all advices that were given here and I even want to show screenshots too.

So, I made 'RAM Test' that pip22 advised me, no errors were shown. I made test two times.

Then I followed OtheHill's advice, to 'Page File' information on and followed their directions. I went to Registry Editor and nothing seems to be wrong. Here, check out these images:

When computer starts up, I always see this message: Then I click OK and I see next image: Where on one window computer shows 0 Mb for Page File and other window computer shows between 3 000 Mb and 5 000 Mb already set up. Why are those windows different? First window shouldn't show 0 Mb.

Then I go to Registry Editor and see this image: Where in registry page file is already set up between 3 000 and 5 000.

So, what's wrong? Why do I still get error message about page file, while everything seems already set up just fine?

I wouldn't bother much with this problem if at some times computer wouldn't show me messages that it is too low on virtual memory (I don't have screenshot for that).

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August 3, 2010 at 04:25:10
Your links don't seem to be working.

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August 3, 2010 at 04:29:16
have you tried doing a repair of your win 7 installation, it maybe that a file is damaged,also run a disk check and recover repair damaged sectors.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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August 3, 2010 at 17:54:32
I'm sorry for links that don't work. Just try to copy them and add in address bar in new window.

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