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Re: Virtual memory need more space warning

You need to upgrade your "Ram" should have atleast 512 to 1 gig. Pending on if your pc can handle an upgrade. If your unformillar with this take the pc to bestbuy geeksquad they will only charge $39 bucks to install.

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Not enough virtual memory

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Virtual memory is a portion of your hard drive that Windows sets aside to utilize as memory. When your RAM is over utilized, the operating system can swap pages of data to the hard drive to make more room. Swapping files, or paging, is slow, but it allows your computer to remain functional when your memory space is full. If your virtual memory space, or page file, fills up as well, you'll get an error. Fixing this issue is quick and the process is identical in safe mode or in a typical boot situation.

Change Virtual Memory Settings in Windows XP Click "Start" from the Windows desktop. Right-click "My Computer" and click "Properties." Select the "Advanced" tab and under Performance click "Settings." Select the "Advanced" tab and click "Change" under Virtual Memory. Click "System managed " to allow Windows to automatically adjust your Virtual Memory as needed. Click "Custom " to alter the memory space to your own specifications. Enter a value in MB equal to at least 1.5 times the of your computer's memory for the initial . Enter a value in MB no larger than four times your memory for maximum . Click "OK" and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Feb 13, 2013 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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How can i free space for my virtual memory ?i don't need a solution for increasing the size of virtual memory instead i want to free space that has been occupied in the virtual memory.

Hey, You got to free space on your hard drive. The virtual memory resides on your hard drive. but if the hard drive is getting full, this will reduce the virtual memory. So make home for virtual memory by free space on your hard drive.

Apr 27, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 for...

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Error message Low on virtual memory

Virtual Memory is used by the operating system as an extension to the Random Access Memory (RAM). When the RAM does not have enough space to accommodate the entire running program, the inactive parts of that program are temporarily shifted to the Virtual Memory. These parts are then swapped back into the RAM as and when needed. If the Virtual Memory set on your system is not enough for the computer operations to run smoothly, then you will get the "Virtual Memory Is Too Low" error message.If operating system is xp then this problem can be easily overcome by increasing the Virtual Memory size.This is how you can do it by following instrutions:

  1. Click on "Start" and then click on "Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on the "System" icon in the Control Panel.
  3. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the System Properties dialog box.
  4. Click on the "Settings" button below Performance.
  5. Click on the "Advanced" tab in the Performance Options dialog box.
  6. Click on the "Change" button below Virtual memory.
  7. Click on a drive_letter below "Drive [Volume Label]" in the Virtual Memory dialog box.
  8. Click on the "Custom size" option.
  9. Click in the "Initial size (MB)" text box and type a larger value (for example, 600).
  10. Click in the "Maximum size (MB)" text box, and type a larger value (for example, 1500).
  11. Click on the "Set" button. Similarly change the Virtual Memory on other drives.
  12. Click on "OK" and then restart your computer.

Apr 07, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

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Virtual memory?

Virtual memory is created and used by windows operating system.
This value can be changed and solely depends on the hard drive space available.

Simply put There isnt any limit, nor a minimum. The amount of virtual memory depends on how much was set up and can be increased or decreased at any time.

The purpose of virtual memory is to allow windows to use part of your hard drive as rams.

virtual memory and rams (conventional memory are different things)
you can have as much or as little as u need. increasing it improves performance.

So No one can actually answer that question. Simply put any amount you want is the correct answer!.

Mar 01, 2010 | Operating Systems

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I am frequently getting the warning "Virtual memory low" etc... am therefore wondering how to trouble shoot the RAM memory cards or other things which may be causing this problem. Computer worked fine for...

Virtual memory is the space on your Hard Drive which can be reserved for computer to be used as a RAM. You can change the size of you Virtual memory by performing the following steps:

Click on Start, Right click My computer, click Properties. It will open the system properties window. Click on Advanced TAB, there will be a section called Performance, Click settings under performance, it will open the Performance Options window. Then click on the Advanced Tab and look for Virtual Memory at the bottom. Click on the Change button to change the size of the Virtual memory. You can allow the system to choose the size or you can manually select the size of your Hard Disk to be used as Virtual Memory. If you select the option for system managed size, you computer will automatically increase the size of you Virtual memory whenever needed. Once you select the desired option, Click Set and then click the OK button. Close the performance Option by clicking ok and also close the System properties by clicking OK.

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Nov 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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I believe I have a virus or worm that Norton cannot detect

Ok. How much space do you have free on your hard-drive right now? (I'm assuming that you know how to check this).

If its low, then maybe you didnt free up enough space on the drive. If it is high however, then answer this: is the message you are receiving telling you that you are low on disk space? or is it telling you that it is low on virtual memory space?

if its low on virtual memory, then the problem could be many including 1) virus etc 2) a program is running that is using up more RAM than is avaivable 3) you need more RAM on your system.

if its low disk space, then the problem could be 1) You need to free up more disk space (that may mean getting a bigger hard-drive installed)

Try using an updated virus scanning utility. If it says that you are virus free, then try one of the solutions above.

Oct 02, 2009 | Operating Systems

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Virtual Memory Problem

Virtual memory is a paging file setup on your hard drive. It reserves a spot on your hard drive to use in place of ram memory. You should be able to safely set it to 4096. You don't want to use too much as your computer will use what is available and it's faster to use actual ram memory than virtual memory. I'd leave the min. at 1536 and set max to 4096.

Oct 01, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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I want to increase virtual memory of my computer


From Start Menu --> Open Control Panel
From the various icons listed, open --> System.
System Properties window will open.
Select "Advanced" tab from this.
From the Advanced tab Click the Performance--Settings button

Again from the Performance Options window that just opened select the advanced tab
From this Click the Change Button for Virtual Memory.

A new window for Virtual Memory opens
Select the partition on which your OS is installed [windows]
Then click the Custom Size --> radio button
The text box infront of Cutom Size will be active.
Enter the size as you wish but usually virtual memory is double the amount of RAM on your system.

eg.. If you have 1gb RAM then virtual memory can be less than or equal to 2gb.
But make sure your HDD has enough space to accomodate the virtual memory.

May 28, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low


Here's the procedure on how to increase virtual memory of your PC:

Right click on My Computer > left click on Properties > Advanced > Settings > Advanced. Under Virtual memory left click on Change.

Select (left click) on the Drive on wich Windows XP is installed. In most cases this will be Drive C.

Under Drive:
Space available: Select the radio button labeled: Custom size:

To play it safe, in both the Initial (MB)size: and Maximun size: dialogue boxes type 2560 (i.e. allocate 2.5GB for the pagefile) provided you have the free memory space to spare. If you don't have enough free memory available enter the amount of memory you can spare, and meanwhile seriously consider getting a larger Hard Drive.

Mine is set to 4096MB (4GB), max. allowed by XP. This may seem like quite a lot, but the reason for this is that recent games now require a lot more real and virtual memory to function correctly, even if you have 2GB of RAM. Having a larger pagefile size does not hurt performance as such; it only takes up a bit of additional disk space.

After setting the new page file size left click on
OK > OK > OK. Then restart the computer.

Dec 21, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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System Information

Physical memory is ur addon hardware memmory available memmory means  256 - currently usage virtual memmory = free space in ur c drive page file space is related to virtual memmory cipher strength is encryption level of your internet explorer

Nov 26, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Xp Home Edition Sp2...

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