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Can any body explain how after reinstalling windows XP and it has been 3 days now. How can I have low memory, virtual memory? I have a Dell Demension 8200series 2.00gb

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(NT) (NT) repost in XP forum and use search bar "virtual memory"

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Lilgroovy, Maybe....

In reply to: Vitual Memory us a little more information would help.

Which Service Pack are you using with XP and how much RAM is installed? (RIGHT click on "My Computer", choose "Properties". At the "General" tab, it will display which EXACT version of Windows you are using.)

Please follow the steps in the links below to free up some virtual memory:

For Windows XP, ignore the first couple of sentences about checking "resources" in the link below but follow the rest of the procedures including the "Services" links at the bottom.

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Check the virtual memory settings by following the steps in the links below:

Right-click My Computer and select Properties (or hold down the Alt key and double-click "My Computer")

2. Click the Advanced tab then under Performance , click "Settings".

3. There will be another Advanced tab to select in the "Performance Options" window. Down where it says "Virtual Memory" click Change .

Now read the "How big should the page file be" information in the link below to adjust the Virtual Memory if you wish. (I have mine set to a "Custom Size" somewhat as mentioned in the link. {My computer has 768 MB or RAM and has an "Initial page file size of 372 MB and a "Maximum" of 800 MB."}) Your's may need to be different if you're a big gamer or if you have a small hard drive.):

Virtual Memory in Windows XP

It's also a good idea to read the "Problems with Virtual Memory" section.

Hope this helps.


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