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I keep getting a message from Windows that my virtual memory is low. Windows has increased my page file size but within a week or so I get the same message. What should I do?

Answer

 

This behavior may occur if you try to start any program on a computer where the paging file value setting is too low.

 

To resolve this behavior, increase the size of the paging file:

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance pane, click Settings.
  4. In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change.
  6. Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value, click Set, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.

For more information, see the KB article for Your system is low on virtual memory” error message when you try to start an Office program. (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826513) 

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