Change Page File location outside of Win NT
Posted on 2004-08-26
I have a Win NT workstation which needs to have its PageFile location changed. Originally, since the C drive was overloaded, I switched the location of the PageFile to the D Drive. I then tried to install a Zip drive, which, by default became the D drive, and pushed the D drive to Drive E, and the CD (originally the E drive) to the F drive. While I was in the process of trying to figure out how to assign a different drive letter to the Zip drive, I switched the page file location over to the E drive (the former D dirve). I then figured how to switch the Zip drive to the J drive, and set the hard drive and the cd back to their normal drive letter assignments.
However, after rebooting, the system is still looking to the E drive for the page file, and can't obviously find it on the current e drive (the CD rom drive). The system boots, but is unusable. I can't even open the system applet to change the page file location back to the D drive. I found out that there is registry key that I can edit (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | System | CurrentControlSet | Control | Session Manager | Memory Management | PagingFiles) However, the system is so ununsable that I can't even run the registry editor. I don't have a recovery disk, or backup. Is there anyway to edit the registry from DOS, or to otherwise get the system back to where it should be?
Your help is urgently need, and much appreciated.