This is a very common error message and before showing how to resolve the low virtual memory error we should maybe explain what it is an what causes it.
What is virtual memory?
You computer has RAM which distributes data from the hard drive to the processor and the other way around. When the RAM memory is running out of space it calls for backup in the form of virtual memory. Virtual memory is just that “Virtual” as it taps into space on the hard drive to give your RAM a bit of backup.
If the amount of Virtual memory available to the operating system is too low you will start to get the virtual memory too low messages. The most common reason for getting this message is a recent memory upgrade or setting change. Luckily there is a way to ensure you have enough virtual memory by simply changing a few settings in the virtual memory settings.
How to change the amount of virtual memory in Windows 7 and Vista
Go to your start button at the bottom left of your screen and then go to computer and right click on it.
You will now see the system information screen. To access the virtual memory settings page click the advanced settings text link on the left hand side of the page.
You will now have a new window pop up with a number of tabs along the top. It should default to the advanced tab but if not select the advanced tab and then under performance select settings to get to the virtual memory settings. Another new windows will open, select the advanced tab again. Finally click on the change button under Virtual memory and this will be the page we resolve the problem.
You will now be in the virtual memory settings screen and your virtual memory settings may look different from the screenshot below.
For most people setting the virtual memory to be automatically managed by the operating system should be more than adequate for most people.
If you can’t or don’t want to use the automatic option you can set it manually.
Custom Size – Sets the minimum and maximum Paging file. If you are going to set manually the usual recommended figure for maximum is 1.5 times your amount of RAM. For example if you have 4GB of RAM then the recommended maximum is 6GB of virtual memory but if you are still getting the error it may be worth playing about with the maximum.
System Managed - Means that the memory is managed by the system but again if you are getting virtual memory too low warnings you may be best playing around with custom size.
No paging File – Not recommended. This means you will have no virtual memory backup should you run low on memory.
Once you have set simply OK through the open screens. You may be prompted to restart your computer.
Hopefully that should resolve your virtual memory too low warning messages.