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  • Glen Mitchell May 11, 2010

    how much memory and which version of xp?

    what is ther error you are recieving



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One of the options to solve your problem is to delete some file on your computer you are using to lessen the memory being used by your PC.

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My pc gives me message that there is not enough memory to open the control panel when I try to open the control panel what can I do? This is a windows xp

First off, your OS is obsolete and seriously risky to use due to dangerous security holes. Microsoft ended all support for Win XP last year, making it very easy for hackers to exploit those security holes with impunity. Absolutely, DO NOT USE this computer for any online activities. You may continue to use it safely for totally offline activities like playing built-in games or storing personal documents and data.

Chances are, however, that you posted this question with this computer. Even that was seriously risky!

Also, it is likely that this old computer is deficient in memory needed for contemporary programs. If you're getting "insufficient memory" error messages when trying to open the Control Panel (which is a program with memory demands), it is certain that your system memory is insufficient to handle the task. This is mostly likely due to insufficient installed memory, but could also be caused by a defective memory chip. In either case, new memory is needed.

But, think very carefully before spending money upgrading this obsolete computer. Not only is the installed memory not up to basic tasks, but most other resources, motherboard chips, and other components are also obsolete and not worth trying to fix with piecemeal replacement parts. Those, to be sufficient, will cost far more in total than a new computer, and will still leave you with a box of aging components and obsolete programs!

Sorry... But computers have a useful lifespan of much less than 10 years. It's time to "bite the bullet" and replace the whole enchilada.

You may be tempted to buy a remaindered or used computer running, say, Windows 7. But only consider this with your eyes open! Windows 7 is also rapidly approaching its end-of-support date (sometime in 2016, but with a couple of extensions likely), which will give it an effective lifespan of only 2-4 years. Although I personally hate the Windows 8 OS, it will soon be upgrade-able for free to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 OS, which will maximize the computer's lifespan to that 10 year range. So, go ahead and buy that remaindered Win 7 system... if you plan to trash it in 3 or 4 years. Or, much more economically, buy a current model. Also, be sure all its components are more than sufficient to handle your needs for the next 10 years, too. That means a good quad-core (or better) processor (like the Intel "I" series), at least 4G installed memory (better 8G or more), a big enough, fast enough hard-drive (or SSD drive), plenty of USB 3 ports and a couple HDMI ports, a fast DVD/Blu-Ray R/W drive, and a good video card with its own dedicated memory built-in. And, since the new computer will support at least a 1080p HD display, its probably a good time to upgrade your monitor, too.

If you want a longer lifespan than offered by PC's - and a more stable operating system - you may want to give serious thought to moving to a current Apple MAC system. These cost more, initially, than PC systems of comparable power, but should last longer, with fewer problems. But, also consider the limitations in compatibility with non-Apple products, the accessibility of your current documents and applications, and the learning curve required of you to transition to the Apple way of doing things. It's a very personal choice.

In summary: It's time to trash that XP system and move into 2015!

Feb 13, 2015 | Computers & Internet

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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.

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Windows NT has found enough extended memory . what does this means

Could be not enough Ram or virtual memory which windows uses your hard drive for.In XP its set up in control panel/system/advanced/settings/advanced.(Xp is based on NT so it may be the same)

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I have a toshiba portege 7020CT, currently running windows 2000. It is getting impossible to get virus checkers for windows 2000, so would it be possible to upgrade to xp, and what are the issues...

it shouldnt be a problem doing this just depends on how much stuff is stored on it. you can take a toshiba xp disk and format it. Make sure you back up the information before you do on another computer. Windows XP requires a gig of space for updates. Also make sure you have enough physical memory to do so like 256. There should be no activation process of this but if there is need to find the password for the disk. if you have any problems check my website.

Feb 14, 2010 | Toshiba Portege 7020CT (P000272180)...

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I would like to buy a new dell but not sure how much memory i would need. I don't recall how much memory is in my previous dell. It is a dell dimension xp. Would you please let me know how many GB there...

With any new computer you should get 4 GB of memory, the more the better. There are two version of Windows you can get 32 or 64 bit. The 32 bit version of Windows has a 4 GB maximum on the memory, the 64 bit versions go much higher depending on the version you get. 4 GB will give most people more than enough to do what they need. To see how much memory you currently have just Right-Click on the My Computer icon and select properties. In the window that comes up you will see the memory you currently have.

Jan 30, 2010 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Was given inspiron 5000e laptop- / can it be

Yes, you can upgrade to windows XP but it will require upgrading the memory to the maximum supported memory of 512 MB. It is set up with PC100. I would suggest going with PC133 when you upgrade the memory. Be advised though that the PC100/PC133 memory is expensive new but you can usually shop around and find it used for a cheaper price. The 800MHz processor will support the XP operating system.

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Windows XP Sp2. Publisher98.





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Can i install windows xp on compaq presario 7360 . because it says memory size error

memory size error means that the computer doesent have enough physical memory to run windows xp,

Jan 04, 2009 | Compaq Presario 7360 (163874-003) PC...

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IBM Thinkpad T20 Type 2647

I currently own 3 Thinkpad T-20 Laptops. They all have a 700 mhz processor in them, and so will yours, more than enough to run windows xp, in fact, I am running Windows XP Profession on one of them. The PC100 is the type of memory it uses, not the processor speed. i recently installed a 120 gb drive in one of them so you will have no problem installing a 20 or 40 gb drive, or larger.

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