Fix-it-yourself Series Pt. 2: Low Virtual Memory

Now, if you happen to see this notice pop up on the right corner of your screen, don’t panic just yet. It’s one of the most common problems that almost all PC users will face at some point of our lives.

Many people have experienced this little annoyance and fortunately, there are several solutions to help you overcome this pesky problem. It usually slowly creeps up on you by slowing down or freezing your computer, followed by an error message that will tell you that your virtual memory is too low.

Before we proceed to give you a solution to your problem, let’s try to understand what virtual memory really is. Your computer uses virtual memory when there isn’t enough random access memory (RAM) available to run a program or operation. It basically combines your computer’s RAM with the temporary space on your hard disk to enable the computer to continue operating smoothly.

The two main things that causes Low Virtual Memory are:

  • Insufficient RAM (Random Access Memory) in your computer
  • A buggy application in your computer that is causing memory leak

Now, what you need to do is pretty simple…increase the size of your computer memory! You can simply give us a buzz and we’ll help you sort out all your computer repair service needs.

If you can’t do that immediately, here’s a simple solution you can try.

  • Open My Computer window
  • Right-click and go to Properties
  • A System Properties window will pop-up and you’ll need to click on the Advanced tab (Advanced system settings link if you’re using a higher version than Windows XP)
  • Click on Settings under the Performance section
  • The Performance Options window will appear. Click on the Advanced tab.
  • Under Virtual Memory, click Change.
  • If you’re on Windows XP, click on the drive that contains the virtual memory settings (usually C drive).  Select System managed size. Click Set.
  • Alternatively, check the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box if you’re using Windows 7 and above.
  • Click OK to exit from the dialog boxes and restart your computer.

low_virtual_memoryIf the Low Virtual Memory pop up still appears after you’ve done this then your computer is probably telling you to expand your storage size. Your computer is going to read data from the RAM much quicker than a hard disk so we highly recommend that you upgrade your RAM. Contact us today and speak to one of our highly trained IT solutions experts and get only the best computer repair service in Melbourne.

We wish you all the best and don’t forget to keep coming back to our blog for more DIY computer and IT solutions.

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