Windows Virtual Memory Minimum


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Pat

I keep getting a message that says "Window Virtual Memory
Minimum too low. Windows is increasing the size of your
virtual memory paging file. Some application requsts may
be denied during this process." I believe I have deleted
all cookies and temporary internet files, but still get
the message. I am hesitant to delete anything else,
because I am not computer savvy. I also had a virus that
keeps coming back because Norton won't install. Any
suggestions? Thanks.
 
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Guest

Right click on my computer, select properties, advanced, performance settings, advanced, virtual memory, change.
Look at the bottom of that window and it will read minimum allowed, recommended, currently allocated. You can select custom and set to what is recommended or system managed size. If you are uncomfortable trying to set this select system managed size and windows will set it for you. You still may get the messages for a while but it is nothing to worry about
The norton problem will need to know some info on your system.
 
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Chuck

I keep getting a message that says "Window Virtual Memory
Minimum too low. Windows is increasing the size of your
virtual memory paging file. Some application requsts may
be denied during this process." I believe I have deleted
all cookies and temporary internet files, but still get
the message. I am hesitant to delete anything else,
because I am not computer savvy. I also had a virus that
keeps coming back because Norton won't install. Any
suggestions? Thanks.

Pat,

The obvious possibility would be that you need more physical memory, or you need
to increase your virtual memory. But I'm betting that you've already tried, or
at least considered each of these ideas.

How often do you reboot your system? Any long-running applications, that could
have memory leaks? Do you run Task Manager periodically, and examine the Mem
Usage and VM Size figures for suspicious applications?

For better analysis, including some nice graphing capabilities, get Process
Explorer (free) from <http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml>.
Provides way more information than Task Manager. You can look at any process
and see what modules it contains, and who wrote or distributed each module. And
graph its memory and CPU usage.

If you previously had a virus problem, maybe a bit more virus / spyware analysis
would be a good idea.

Try these free online virus scans:
<http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/license.php>
<http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm>
<http://security.symantec.com/ssc/home.asp>
<http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp>

Now check for, and learn to defend against, additional carriers of infection.
Have you downloaded these programs before? Download them again, as many are
revised frequently, to keep up with the current level of malware being attempted
constantly - get the absolutely most current version of each product listed.
They're all free - and most pretty small, so they download quickly enough.

First, download LSP-Fix and WinsockXPFIx from <http://www.cexx.org/lspfix.htm>,
and CWShredder from <http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4086.html>. All are
free.

Next, close all Internet Explorer and Outlook windows, then run CWShredder.
Have it fix all variants.

Now check for, and remove, spyware. Get HijackThis
<http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3155> and Spybot S&D
<http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download>. Both free.
1) Install and run Spybot. First update it ("Search for updates"), then run a
scan ("Check for problems"). Trust Spybot, and make all recommended deletions.
2) Install and run HijackThis. Do NOT make any changes immediately. Save the
HJT Log.
3) Have your HJT log interpreted by experts at one or more of the following
forums (and post it here):
<http://forums.net-integration.net/>
<http://www.spywareinfo.com/forums/>
<http://forums.tomcoyote.org/>
<http://www.wilderssecurity.com/>

If removal of any spyware affects your ability to access the internet (some
spyware builds itself into the network software, and its removal may damage your
network), run LSP-Fix and / or WinsockXPFIx.

Cheers,
Chuck
Paranoia comes from experience - and is not necessarily a bad thing.
 
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Thayn Moore [MSFT]

Virtual Memory has to do with memory from your harddrive that your computer
treats like RAM. How much RAM do you have? (Right Click on My Computer and
select Properties...it should be found on the general tab) The minimum
requirement for an XP system is 128 MB of RAM. If you have this amount (or
less) then you are probably running too many applications at once. The more
applications that you run at once the more RAM that is required. Once you
are using all of your RAM the computer starts using a reserved part of your
hard drive as if it were RAM. This is called Virtual Memory.

To see the amount of Virtual Memory that you have reserved, right click on
My Computer and select Properties. Select the "advanced" tab and click the
Performance->Settings button. Select the "advanced" tab. There should be a
box titled "Virtual Memory".


--
Thayn Moore
Software Design Engineer - Test
Windows UX Storage



This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
 
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Norm

Go to this site http://securityresponse.symantec.com/ . Under Virus
Definitions click on Online Virus and Security Check and run the on-line
virus checker from the window which pops up. This will hopefully get rid of
any virus that you might be infected with and after removal allow you to
install Norton.

Norm
 
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Virtual Memory Minimum

The message is telling you that you need to somehow increase the memory on your machine in order for multiple programs to run. You can increase the amount of virtual memory that is available on the hard drive, which will help keep your programs running.

How much RAM do you currently have?? Cause the most ideal way to increase memory is to add more physical RAM. With the right amount of RAM in conjunction with virtual memory, you'll be allowing your computer’s memory its optimum performance. By default, the virtual memory is set to 1.5 times the amount of physical memory, but you can adjust that. For steps to change the virtual memory minimum amount, just follow the link.
 
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