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PC won't boot, Black screen,Low Virtual memory message.

My Presario PC won't start up. It starts to boot up, Then it gets a black screen and a message box saying ''Windows Virtual Memory Minimun Too Low''
I am running XP.
Cant get anything?
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Yes you need to get to the Virtual Memory Page and Increase your Virtual Memory. Try this: Reboot and hit F8 which will put you in Safe Mode. Click Safe Mode and you will be back in Windows. Click on Start>Control Panel>Administration>Click on Computer Management>then right click on Computer Management and click properties. On the bottom you will see Performance open that Window. Then on the bottom of that you will see Virtual Memory. Click to increase. It should be at least 10% of your total harddrive maybe more if you don't have a lot of memory. Reboot. Let me know how it comes out.

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