Optimal Windows XP virtual memory size.

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I am running Microsoft Word 2007 application on Windows XP. The application keeps freezing with the system giving a message of low memory, I have to keep closing and launching it everytime this happens. I have a feeling that it is an issue to do with the size of virtual memory.

What is the optimal Windows XP virtual memory size?

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Optimal Windows XP virtual memory size.


Hi Owen,

 Everything depends on how much RAM you have in your system right now. I suspect you have less than 512MB, which is low for nowadays. The first recommendation I am making to you is to buy more RAM for your PC. If you can't afford it, then there's another solution for you.

 What you have to do is to increase virtual memory in your machine. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory, click Change.
  4. You should see this screen now: virtual memory should be around 768MB.
  5. Now select a drive in which you want to increase virtual memory. General rule is to have 1.5X amount of virtual memory. So if you have 512MB of RAM, virtual memory should be around 768MB.
  6. Regardless of this rule, set to Custom size and enter 4000MB of initial and maximum size.

Now every program should work including MS Word 2007.

Best wishes from me to you.

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