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#1 Dennis H

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 10:19 AM

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I received a pop-up window that said that the virtual memory on my computer was low. It stated that Microsoft was going to expand my virtual memory.

Could you please tell me what virtual memory is, and how it is expanded ?

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 11:29 AM

Virtual memory is a file on your computer called a swap file. When you run low of RAM Windows places some files from RAM into the swap file folder. When Windows is running out of swap file it will automaticily expand to meet your computing need. You can preset the size of the swap but you don't really get any benefit from this. The Swap File is located in XP at System Properties>Advance>Preformance>Settings>Advanced>Virtual Memory
Your Swap file should be 1 and a haft to 2 times the size of your RAM.
You need to run Disk Cleanup. Go to My Computer right click on the C:\ drive and select Properties. Below to the rigt of the pie graph the is a Disk Cleanup buton. This will clean out you Temp files and other not need files.
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 11:49 AM

Thanks for the reply acklan. I followed your instructions.
The results are: used space 7.59 GB, free space 66.9 GB

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:01 PM

Glad to help. Try this utility cCleaner
It will run automaticly when you start your computer. You can also use Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Schedule Task>Cleanup
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:05 PM

Thanks acklan. I just downloaded cCleaner.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:08 PM

Just out of curiosity, how much RAM do you have, Dennis?
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#7 Dennis H

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:12 PM

tg1911,
I don't know. Where should I look on the computer to find out ?

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:13 PM

Be very careful with cCleaner
It can and will modify your registry, causing unrepairable damage to your OS.

Edited by acklan, 04 December 2005 - 12:14 PM.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:20 PM

I just uninsulated cCleaner.

If there is a way that I could foul things up by using it, I can assure you that I would some how unintentionally find that way. I better play it safe.

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Edited by Dennis H, 04 December 2005 - 12:22 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:30 PM

It's a great utiliy. But you are right better safe than sorry. It is safe and easy to use if you read the help pages. Go to System Properties and let us know how much RAM you have.

Edited by acklan, 04 December 2005 - 01:00 PM.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 12:46 PM

It took me awhile , but I found it . 512MB

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 01:01 PM

Good deal. You have enough.
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