I have windows xp, I have been getting the sign, "virtual memory too full" alot. Ive tried to clear out space on drive C ( i think that was the one) but im not sure what to take off to remedy this problem. Can someone tell me how or what to do to fix this? it says windows will make more space, but im not so sure thats happening, if so, its not making enough, im seeing this too frequent. I did go in once , and try to adjsut things, and its been a while, so its not fresh in my head.
Everything has been defragmented, if this is need to know info.
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Re: Virtual memory needing more space
Hello yes all info you can share is good. do you have several partitions on the disk? in that case you can move the swap file to a other partition or hard drive. how big are you c: ? you have to little space at your harddrive as you said. you can change your virtual memory here right click my computer >properties>advanced tab-> settings on Performance> advanced and click change. change to a other partition or set the size smaller on C. But be careful! the size of the page file should be atleast equal to you amount of ram.
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Virtual memory is the space the laptop uses on the hard drive to write to and read from. It usually is caused by running too many applications at once, thereby putting a greater demand on the free disc space you have,
Firstly, you need to check how much free disc space you have. Less than say 1 GB will flag up the issue ( depending how much virtual memory the computer is allocating). You need to remove some data from the hard drive and back it up to free some disc space
Then consider upgrading your ram to help you run more programmes at once if needed
Finally, consider getting an external usb drive to store data on, or upgrade your hard drive
When there is less physical memory than needed, then some virtual memory (virtual RAM) is created on the disk. When there is a limit set to the size of virtual memory usage and there is not enough of it present there is a warning that frequently comes "Virtual Memory too low".
Solution 1 :
This problem occurs when physical RAM + Virtual RAM (usually created on hard disk) together are not sufficient to take care of the currently needed RAM size, or this situation is about to arise. This usually happens when some fixed upper limit for Virtual Memory has been set. To solve this problem, you can either upgrade you physical RAM on your computer (recommended), or you can set the Virtual Memory to system managed size or you can do both. Setting Virtual Memory to system managed size means windows will set it to higher size whenever needed automatically,for this,
Right click on My computer --> goto properties, goto advanced tab, click on performance settings, now click on advanced, now click on advanced, now click on change button for Virtual memory.
On this screen select the System managed size, press OK. After this re-start your computer. This will solve the virtual memory too low problem.
Recommended solution is to upgrade your physical memory (RAM) according to requirements of the kind of applications that you run on your computer. If you upgrade RAM or not, the following procedure will help prevent this warning by increasing the virtual memory limit.
Right click on My computer icon and click properties.
This will show system properties window. Click on a advanced tab and click on the settings button under heading performance.
This will open performance options window. Click on advanced tab and click on change button under heading virtual memory.
Check if the space available is set to some custom value or double the RAM size ?
If it is not double the RAM memory size , then select the size option set the virtual memory size double the RAM Size and press set button and press OK button.
Restart the computer
If by "usage space" you mean RAM, it is time to install more RAM, I'd recommend ~2-4GB RAM. If by usage space you mean the hard drive, clear a BUNCH of space. It will make Windows be able to use virtual memory, which will speed things up a hair.
You might need to increase the Virtual Memory (which is hard disk space that is used when the RAM is full). I know of an article on how to increase the virtual memory in XP, but Vista and Windows 7 are not that different.
Click the "Advanced" tab, and click the "Settings" button under Performance.
You will see Virtual Memory under there. Click the "Change" button, and switch to "Custom size".
Initial size: 500
Maximum size: 2096
Click the "Set" button, close everything out and restart the computer. You should notice a difference. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment! Please don't forget to vote! Happy Thanksgiving!
You have two different & independent problems. I will solve them one by one.
First of all, for increasing VIRTUAL MEMORY you should Right Click on "MY COMPUTER" then choose "Properties", then goto "Advanced" tab and then in "Performance" frame click "Settings" and then again goto "Advanced" tab and there you will see a "Virtual Memory" frame and then click on "Set" and increase the size of your virtual memory.
Second problem is due to installing many instances of XP. You can re-format your whole drive again and you will enjoy a fresh & single copy of XP again.
if you finds any difficulty or any doubt is there then feel free to contact me again.
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I think the computer actually said you were running low on Virtual Memory ... memory is the physical ram installed in your machine ... virtual memory is an area of hard drive the computer uses to store data when in runs out of "real" memory .....hard drive space is nothing to do with memory.
Ok, that got that cleared up :-) .... now the quickest way to get over low virtual memory problems is to install more RAM. For XP you should really have a minimum of 512mb .... 1gb is probably optimum. For Vista you should really have a minimum of 2gb.
So if your laptop has less than 512mb(xp) or 2gb(vista), the first thing to do would be to upgrade the memory.
Virtual memory problems should only ever crop up when you are running multiple applications .... so just try and keep the amount of programs you have running to a minimum. Instead of just minimizing programs, try to close them down to save memory.
Virtual memory means you're running out of memory, so it's using your hard drive storage as memory. This is slow. This is an indication you: Have too little memory and need to run fewer programs or install more memory; and also increase the size of your virtual memory, which will also make your disk space tighter. If you are really pinching the computer that badly, you may want to consider buying a new laptop altogether -- the prices have come down a -lot- just in the 2 1/2 years since you bought that. Anyway, to work around the immediate problem:
Your Gateway came with Windows XP Home Edition. Click Start: Control Panels. See if you can find the Performance control panel, possibly by switching to "Classic view." In there, look for the memory tab. Find the virtual memory section. It may be set to "Let Windows decide." change it to at least 1000mb.
You can get a bigger hard drive (after buying an external case to move stuff over) and upgrade your memory to as much as 1.25gb; but you may find those purchases to not be sensible relative to the price of a new laptop. Memory is cheap and relatively easy; the hard drive is more difficult and will set you back at least $100 if you do it yourself.