What to do when notification “Windows - Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low” appears

20:28:00 | 10-11-2011

"Windows – Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low" notification appears when the size of virtual memory on PC is not enough to run applications. Windows virtual memory is the memory combined from physical memory (RAM) and a hidden file on hard-drive (Paging File), which often stays at hard-drive boot partition. 

When running applications, Windows will load programs into memory and provides free memory space for programs to run. If there is no free space left in physical memory (RAM) as well as in Paging File, the programs will not run or run unstably, and Windows will give the notification.

If the notification appears, you should increase the virtual memory size on PC by increasing the size of Paging File or closingthe simultaneously running programs. By default, the minimum size of Paging File should be, at least, 1.5 times higher than the size of RAM, and the maximum should be 3 times higher.

To increase the size of virtual memory on PC running Windows OS, you should follow the guide for your current OS (If you are not sure about your current OS, you can follow the guide here.

How to increase virtual memory size on Windows XP

How to increase virtual memory size on Windows 7

How to increase virtual memory size on Windows Vista

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How to increase virtual memory size on Windows XP

To increase virtual memory size, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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Step 2: In System Properties window, select Advanced tab and click Settings in Performance section.

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Step 3: In Performance Options window, select Advanced tab and click Change in Virtual memory section.

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Step 4: In Virtual memory window, select Custom size. Now input the Initial size (minimum) 1.5 times higher than RAM size, the Maximum size 3 times higher than RAM size. Then click Set and OK to complete.

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Then, System Control Panel Applet appears, click OK to close.

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Click OK to close the windows. When System Settings Change window appears, click Yes to restart your computer.

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Note: Before clicking Yes to restart, all running programs should be closed to avoid data loss.

How to increase virtual memory size on Windows 7

To increase virtual memory size, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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Step 2: In the window that appears, select Advanced system settings.

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Step 3System Properties window appears, select Advanced tab, Performance section, then click Settings.

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Step 4: In Performance Options window, select Advanced tab and click Change… in Virtual memory section.

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Step 5: In Virtual memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers section, then select Custom size.

In Custom size section, input Initial size (minimum) 1.5 times higher than RAM size, Maximum size 3 times higher than RAM size. Then click Set and OK to complete.

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Then System Properties window appears, click OK to close.

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Click OK to close the windows. When Microsoft Windows window appears, click Restart Now to restart computer.

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Note: Before clicking Restart Now, all running programs should be closed to avoid data loss. 

How to increase virtual memory size on Windows Vista

To increase virtual memory size, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

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Step 2: In the new window that appears, select Advanced system settings.

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Step 3System Properties window appears, select Advanced tab, in Performance section, click Settings.

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Step 4: In Performance Options window, select Advanced tab, then click Change…

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Step 5: In Virtual memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers section, then select Custom size.
In Custom size section, input Initial size (minimum) 1.5 times higher than RAM size, Maximum size 3 times higher than RAM size. Then click Set and OK to complete.

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Then, System Properties window appears, click OK to close.

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Click OK to close the windows. When Microsoft Windows window appears, click Restart Now to restart computer.

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Note: Before clicking Restart Now, all running programs should be closed to avoid data loss.

Bkav 

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