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Solve Low Virtual Memory Problems

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This usually happens when you are running too many programs at the same and if the RAM is not designed to support those many programs. You can resolve this problem by increasing the system paging file size also known as virtual memory. Using this virtual memory windows moving information to and from the paging file for fast processing.  This will free up enough RAM for other programs to run properly. 

Follow these instructions to increase the Virtual Memory:

  • Control Panel > System > Advanced > Click on Settings (Under Performance) > Advanced > Change
  • OR Right click on My Computer and choose Properties
  • Click on Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, click on Settings
  • Then Click on Advanced Tab in Performance Options
  • On the Lower end, you will find Virtual Memory option, Click Change
  • In the prompt, Enter the Initial Size and Maximum Size
  • To set the Initial Size and Maximum Size, check the Example below



  • Please check the RAM size on your computer before making changes
  • To check the RAM size, Click Start and then click Run
  • Type DXDIAG and hit enter
  • In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool windows, look for Memory: RAM size
  • Make a note of this and use the calculator
  • If you have 256 MB RAM
  • It has to be calculated the Total RAM Size X 1.5 is the Initial Size and Total RAM Size X 4.5 is the Maximum Size,
  • Then the Initial Size and Maximum Size for Virtual Memory should not exceed Initial Size: 384 and Maximum Size: 1152. this is only for 256 MB RAM but you can calculate the Virtual Memory Size depending on the RAM size of your PC.


  • To have Windows select the best paging file size, click System managed size. The recommended minimum size is the same as 1.5 times the RAM on your computer, and 3 times that figure for the maximum size. For example, if you have 256 MB of RAM, the minimum size is 384 MB, and the maximum size is 1152 MB.
  • For best performance, do not set the initial size to less than the minimum recommended size under Total paging file size for all drives. The recommended size is the same as 1.5 times the RAM on your computer. It is good practice to leave the paging file at its recommended size as performance can decrease if a paging file is too large. However, you may increase its size if you frequently use programs that use lots of memory, such as graphics programs or games.
  • We strongly recommend that you do not disable or delete the paging file because this can lessen the computer's performance. However, if you decide to delete a paging file, set both the initial size and the maximum size to zero, or click No paging file.

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