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Change and configure pagefile.sys remotely

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If you're trying to log on to your system, and you get an insufficient memory message, you will then be returned to the logon screen. The problem is that there is no virtual memory (pagefile.sys.). This can happen, for example, when the size of the pagefile.sys has been set too small. Here is a way you can reconfigure this file remotely:

  • Connect to the c$ share of the computer with the problem and log on as the administrator.

  • Open Regedt32.

  • Connect to the problem computer.

  • Go to SYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSessionManagerMemory
    Management

  • Change Key:

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    • Value 8
      Name: PagingFiles
      Type: REG_MULTI_SZ
      Data: C:pagefile.sys 288 576
    "C:" is the location of pagefile.sys, 288 is the initial size in megabytes and 576 is the maximum file size.

    That's it! -- You should now be able to log on.

    This was first published in June 2002

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