Windows XP Home is slow to boot (and sometimes won't, except in safe mode) and gives an error "Your system has no paging file or the paging file is too small". Even though I've manually changed the paging file to 1000 MB, it still shows a paging file size of 0. A search on the hard drive shows that pagefile.sys does not exist. There are no restore points in System Restore. I've tried setting permissions for "System" and "Administrators" as suggested by MS KB article 315270. I've tried doing a system repair from the XP Cd. So far nothing has worked.
Any help to resolve this problem that does not include a fresh installation of Windows is greatly appreciated.