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I have windows xp service pack 2 I keep getting the error message the my virtual memory is low. How do I fix it.

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    clark styx valencia May 11, 2010

    how much ram/memory is installed in your computer?
    I assume that you got a little balloon in the bottom right-hand corner
    announcing that your virtual memory is low and that Windows is
    adjusting it. If this happens just once, don't worry—as the message
    said, Windows found a problem and fixed it. But if it happens
    repeatedly, it could be that your settings don't allow Windows to make
    the necessary adjustment. First, make sure your drive isn't overly
    full. In Windows Explorer, right-click the drive icon and choose
    Properties. If the amount of free space is under about 10 percent,
    you'll need to free up some space. You can use the Disk Cleanup button
    right next to the free space indicator, or manually move some files to
    off-line storage, or uninstall unnecessary applications—whatever it
    takes to get more free space.


    If low drive space isn't the problem, the virtual-memory settings
    may be wrong. Right-click My Computer and choose Properties. Click the
    Advanced tab. Click the Settings button in the Performance panel. Click
    the Advanced tab in the Performance dialog. Click the Change button in
    the Virtual memory panel. Whew! This setting is buried quite
    thoroughly! Look for the System managed size option, select it if it
    isn't already selected, and then click OK, OK, OK. That should end the
    warnings.




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Go into control panel, system, advanced. Under system performance, click settings. Click on advanced and under virtual memory click on change. Make the initial size 1024 and the max size 2048. Click okay on everything to get out of there. Reboot your computer and you're done.

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