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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Step 1: 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.
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.
Virtual memory is "memory" on your hard drive, not actual memory. The best way to regain this is reboot and shut down some of the stuff that runs automatically when you DO boot up.
(This Virtual memory is space set aside on your hard drive that the processor moves data into and out of like it would put data on a memory module ... but in comparing the two, the virtual memory is SLOW.)
You can increase the size of your virtual memory to anything you want. Some say too large a allocation will slow you down and too little will cause crashing or slow opertion. You are 99.44% probably set to let Windows manage your virtual memory (default) at this time.
Your hard drive is getting to full for it to be used as virtual memory When normal memory gets used up windows uses the hard drive as memory ans if insufficient room on hard drive is not available you get this message. Solution. 1) delete programs from hard drive to create more space 2) Install new hard drive and transfer programs to it. creating more room on C drive 3) If hard drive is already partitioned and 2nd partition has a lot of free space transfer Virtual over to it.
Go to Start / Control panel Open The System folder go to "Advanced" "performance settings" Then to "Advanced " Click on change and set Virtual memory to new disk. Set maximum and minimum the same at 3 times the amount of normal memory you ave
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.