Vertual memory is a part of your hard drive allocated to use as memory when your ram is full. If your running with 256 Mb of memory for example... one program your running takes 128 mb and the second one you open takes another 100. If you need to run a third program that takes more than 28 mb, your system will take a program out of the current working ram and put it into the vertual memory. So lets say you open program #3 and it takes 75Mb of memory. The computer will pause the 100 mb process and stick it into your vertual memory. If that program is too big for your vertual memory it will give that error... so if your vertual memory was only 80 mb, you'd get an error if it tried to put a process that takes 100 mb into it.
A little confusing I know but this is how you can fix it.
1) reduce you running processes. Go to start > run type msconfig. Click on the startup tab. deselect all items and click ok. Restart you pc. You will get a box, check the "dont' show this again" and click ok.
2) upgrade your memory. Go to pny.com to see what type and how much your system can take.
3) don't multitask a much.
4) increase your vertual memory. follow these steps. Virtual memory is also known as the paging file....
A. Click Start, click Run, and then type sysdm.cpl in the Open box.
B. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Performance.
C. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Change under Virtual memory.
D. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.
E. Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size, type a new paging file size in megabytes (MB) in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
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