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Microsoft KB Archive/102514

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Windows NT Can't Find Virtual-Memory Paging File

Article ID: 102514

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102514


Upon boot up, Windows NT could not find a virtual-memory paging file (swap file) defined and opened the System dialog box in Control Panel to have you define one.


Setup was run on a COMPAQ-LTE portable hooked up to a docking station. When setup was done, the portable was removed from the docking station and Windows NT was booted.

Since the portable was part of the docking station, Setup chose the docking station's drive as a valid location for the paging file. (During Express Setup, this decision is made automatically, without user input.) When the portable was removed from the docking station, the drive disappeared and the paging file entry became invalid.


Either choose Custom Setup and specify the paging file drive to be a drive on the portable, or use the System icon in Control Panel to correct the problem.

Additional query words: prodnt applet

Keywords: kbsetup KB102514