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Windows XP Startup & Shutdown Problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sdh31873, Jan 28, 2002.

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  1. sdh31873

    sdh31873 Thread Starter

    Jun 1, 1999
    I have built a new computer which has a 1.8Gig, Pentium 4 processor and a WD 40 Gig hard drive. I loaded Windows XP Professional and it started out working fine but now when I start up, it says "Welcome" and that is it. It just sits there for about 30 minutes and then sometimes it will go into Windows and give me an error message about there is no "Paging File" and sometimes it just sits there indefinately.

    I don't understand anything about this but sometimes it won't go into windows at all unless I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and then it will go into Windows.

    When I shut down, it is the same problem. It says preparing to shut down and nothing ever happens. I am not sure what to do. It gives me a solution to the paging file error message and I do exactly what it says but everytime I reboot, it says the same thing again. I need major help. Please HELP!!! Thanks.
  2. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
    moving to 2k/xp forum
  3. $teve


    Oct 9, 2001
    hi sdh.......can you go into bios and set cdrom as 1st boot device,boot up from the 2k disk and choose to "repair" windows its a while since i did this but im pretty sure thats how it goes,if im not,someone will no doubt jump in and say.
    good luck..anddont forget to post back with your results.
  4. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001

    If Steve's idea dosen't work, and I can do this for 2000, so it may mean some searching as I don't know XP, but you can set the paging file.

    In 2000:

    Control Panel | System. Advanced tab. Performance Options. Under Virtual Memory, click Change. In there you can set the size of the paging file. What is it set to, if you can find it? :p

    Usually, you want it set 1.5times the amount of RAM. My initial size is 202MB, and Max Size 384MB

    Ah, if you look at this link, you can find the paging file:



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