I recently got a new hard drive and 512meg of ram (making a total of 1 gig). I decided to reformat my main hard drive and reinstall winXP pro.
After I reinstalled, I started putting my old programs on and after a couple hours, suddenly my computer would hang up on boot up and during log on "loading your settings". I was getting a paging file error and checked under the performance properties in My Computer and sure enough, I had no paging file. The problem was that it wouldn't even let me set it. I would click custom and put in values and click set but the paging file size would stay zero. I thought I ruined something so I decided to reformat and reinstall windows again. Once again, after a few resets and adding programs, the same problem happened again. Unfortunately I am not sure which program I put on last before it happened.
Is there any reason I would not be able to set the paging file size?
I followed instructions on a microsoft support site, booting in safe mode, setting security settings for the drive so that my account has NTFS control but I am the admin account, so it was already set.
EDIT - I am running SP1 as well.