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For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 315270
You may receive the following error message while Windows starts:
However, if you look at the configuration settings for the paging file, the settings may seem to be correct.
The system has no paging file, or the paging file is too small.
This error message may occur if the System account does not have the correct NTFS permissions on the volume on which the paging file is configured.
To resolve this issue:
Utilities that work with the paging file may not work if the System account does not have proper permissions on the volume that the paging file is configured to use. For example, if the NTFS permissions are set incorrectly, the paging file does not appear in System Monitor or Windows Diagnostics, but it does appear in the System tool in Control Panel.
If you modify the NTFS permissions on a volume in Windows, the System account may be inadvertently removed from the partition. If this occurs, the System account cannot manage some system resources such as the paging file.
By default, the Everyone group has Full Control permissions on an NTFS volume. This permission might have been removed to provide additional security. Individual accounts, such as the Administrator account, may have been added. However, the Everyone group includes the System account. Removing the Everyone group without adding the System account as an individual account renders the paging file unusable.
For additional information about paging file setting, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/242447/ )Changes to paging file settings are not retained
Article ID: 259151 - Last Review: May 7, 2007 - Revision: 4.3