Not enough virtual memory or paging file quota is available to complete the specified operation"

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Customer had a problem with a system not booting and did a repair install.  She experienced some trouble with the product key on the affected machine and ended up using hers.  after the repair reboot, the message 'Not enough virtual memory or paging file quota is available to complete the specified operation" flashes across the screen and the system reboots.

I ran chkdsk /r with no issues.  removed the drive and deleted pagefile.sys, ran another repair install with a newer disk and still have problems.  Any answers?  This is one of the managing partners machine and vital to company operations.
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She may have created a problem using the wrong key in the first repair install. The original install may have been OEM, for example.

At this point, with 2 repairs gone wrong, it will be more reliable (and probably faster now) to backup her data, wipe the machine clean and install XP properly.  ... Thinkpads_User
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You have to boot the system using safe mode and see what is being started on login that may explain the system running out of virtual memory.  The other thing to check is whether quotas are enabled on the drive/partition where the page file/s are. Check the settings to see how much is allocated to the page file. I.e. is windows manages the page file or does it have a fixed size?

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Safe mode doesn't work. Gives the same message as well. and then reboots.
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Arman KhodabandeIT Manager and Consultant
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Here is another trick :
Go through windows repairing process once again and when you reach the "Installing devices"
State press "Right  Shift + F10"
A command prompt will popup for you.
Then Type in the following :

sysdm.cpl

Go to "Advanced" Tab and then click the first "Settings" Button and then go to second tab and  click change button and Increase your page file size as much as (for example) 2048 MBs. And click Set Button.
And then close all and let the repair end.
Then watch the result and tell me.

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That is an interesting answer.  I had given up on finding a solution and put in a new drive and started from scratch, but this may have worked
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Thank you. I was pleased to help and good luck with the re-install. ... Thinkpads_User

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