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How To Fix Low Virtual Memory Errors

By Edited Oct 19, 2016 2 3

One of the most common errors that you will get through the lifetime of your computing experience is the dreaded "virtual memory minimum too low" error. To make it simple you access two types of memory throughout your computing experience. The first being RAM which is a fast type of memory that allows you to view things on a temporary basis such as web pages and drafts on word. The second is storage memory such as your hard drive or usb flash drive. Storage memory is always slower than RAM.

With that said the "virtual memory minimum too low" error is advising you that a small chunk of your hard drive memory aka a page file was created to help out your RAM at some point in time. This small chunk only has a certain amount allowed by default and when it starts to fill up shazzam! you will get this error. There are three steps below that will help you rid yourself of this issue.

Things You Will Need

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- Administrator rights to your machine
- Possibly more memory
- A little bit of elbow grease

Step 1

The easiest way by far is to buy more RAM. As stated above, the error is a result of RAM being over utilized and then forced to create another space in your hard drive called a page file to help out. Installing more RAM is probably the cheapest and easiest upgrade you can do and requires little to no technical experience.

Step 2

All applications and processes on your pc use some memory from RAM and virtual memory. If you leave your computer on too long without rebooting your machine some applications like Firefox start to hog up a lot of virtual memory. In addition some poorly written programs tend to have what are called memory leaks and they take up a huge amount of virtual memory also. To find out who's the hog

- Click Control+Alt+Delete and click task manager

- In the task manager window click view

- Click on the virtual memory size box and then click ok

- On the Task Manger click the tab that says processes

- On the far right column you will see the Virtual Memory size (VM) being used.

- Right click on the particular process or application and click end process.

Step 3

If steps one and two seem too daunting then removing the garbage might help. Start with deleting all not essential programs. Only open a few programs at once. This will take some time to get use to but it does help out a lot and last Reboot often, virtual memory gets clogged easily when programs are left open too long.


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Dec 11, 2010 2:55pm
Wow! Great article - very helpful and easy to follow. I'm sure this will come in handy for me at some point - welcome to IB!
Dec 11, 2010 5:31pm

Good first article!

Can I request that you write an equivalent article for the mac? That would be great!
Dec 13, 2010 11:47am
I would write an equivilant for mac but the problem is that I've never run into this problem with any of my mac's. Go figure it's a windows issue ha!
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