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What should you do if your computer virtual memory is too low?

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If computer virtual memory is too low, increase the size of the paging file. This is easily done through My Computer on a Windows 2000 or XP machine.

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What should you do if your computer virtual memory is too low?
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Please note that by increasing the size of the paging file, users may notice that Microsoft Office may not run correctly, and in some cases, may not start at all. To increase the size of the paging file on a Windows 2000 machine, perform the following steps.

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Open My Computer and click Properties.

  3. Click Advanced
  4. On the Properties screen, click Advanced. Then go into Performance Options.

  5. Go to the Virtual Memory option
  6. Click Virtual Memory and then Change. Increase the size of the paging file and note that Windows 2000 needs a value of at least 126 MB to run properly.

  7. Click Set
  8. After changing the settings, click Set and then OK.

  9. Restart the computer
  10. A box will appear that says, "The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect." Click OK.

  11. Exit and restart
  12. Click OK in the Performance Options box and again in the System Properties box. Restart the computer.

To increase the size of the paging file in Windows XP, follow the first two steps as listed above. From there, perform the following steps.

  1. Click Settings
  2. Click Settings in the Performance Window and go to the Performance Options. Click Advanced.

  3. Go to Virtual Memory
  4. Click Change in the Virtual Memory Pane. Change the Initial Size to a larger value and click Set.

  5. Click OK
  6. Click OK to set the value.

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