This problem was reported by one of our readers that in spite of having a sufficient amount of RAM
, he is running out of Virtual Memory
and his Windows
PC gives the following error:
Your system is low on virtual memory. To ensure that Windows runs properly, increase the size of your virtual memory paging file. For more information, see Help.
This is a common problem and you may have seen it if you are trying to open many heavy applications at the same time like Microsoft Office.
Let’s see what the causes are and what can be done at this stage.
Windows XP or Vista uses the concept of Virtual Memory that aims at providing the additional memory from the Hard Disk if most of the RAM of the computer is already occupied. This memory used from the Hard Disks is called Paging File
. Windows reserve some part of the memory for this purpose only (this is one of the reasons why we see less memory than specified on the hard disk).
Virtual Memory also known as Page File
or Swap File
can be located at C:\pagefile.sys
(it is system hidden and can be viewed
if you Uncheck the option of “Hide Protected Operating System Files” inside Folder Options).