Virtual memory is actually a file on your hard drive named pagefile.sys. It's controlled through the Control Panel. Here's how to get there:
Go to Start...Run...and type in "sysdm.cpl" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
-Then click on the Advanced tab,
-then on the Performance Settings Button,
-then on the next Advanced tab,
-then on the Virtual Memory Change button.
In this window, note down the current settings for your pagefile (so you can restore them later on).
Generally leaving the recommended settings will be the best for the average user. The Low on Virtual Memory message can mean several things. It can mean (obviously) that your pagefile is too small. It can mean that there is a program that requires more memory than your computer is able to supply (RAM + virtual memory). Or, it can mean that there is a program that's malfunctioning and isn't letting go of (or is overusing) the pagefile. In my experience the last one is the most common.
So, does this happen when using any particular program (other than Windows programs)? If so, monitor it to see if it happens when you're not using the program. If this "fixes" it - then you'll have to update/repair the program to stop it from happening again. If it's Windows that does it, then a repair install of the OS may fix it (as may SFC.EXE)
Edited by usasma, 22 January 2007 - 08:42 AM.
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