A computer system has two forms of memory, one is the RAM- random access memory and the other is the Virtual memory. Mostly all applications make use of RAM as a first option; the virtual memory is used only when there is not enough RAM available. When there is not enough virtual memory allocated for your operating system to use you will see an error message stating that there is not enough virtual memory to complete the task.
What is virtual memory?
Virtual memory is the space your computer uses when it’s short of RAM (Random Access Memory), which is the memory used when running programs like Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
Increase the amount of virtual memory your computer is allocated?
1. Go to the Start menu in the left corner.
2. Choose Control Panel from the menu. Switch to classic view.
3. T hen double click on the System icon.
4. In the left sidebar, click Advanced system settings link. You might be prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
5. Go to the Advanced tab. See the screen shot below.
6. Under the heading Performance, click Settings. See above screen shot.
7. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change. See screen shot below.
8. Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.
9. In the Drive [Volume Label] column, click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change. Select it by making it blue.
10. Click Custom size, type a new size in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.
If your problem remains after increasing the virtual memory, the next step is to see if you have enough RAM installed. Of course if there is not enough RAM, your computer cannot run smoothly. It will struggle through tasks, especially shut down and start up.
You might think your Ram is ok however it might be damaged or might have become dislodged from its slot on the motherboard. therefore you will need to check how much RAM Windows is using and recognizing.
- On the Start menu, click Control Panel, then click System.
- Under System, next to Installed memory (RAM), you can see the amount of RAM your computer has.