JSI Tip 10192. When you attempt to start an Office 2003 program, you receive 'Your system is low on virtual memory'?

When you start a Microsoft Office 2003 program, you receive an error similar to:

Your system is low on virtual memory. To ensure that Windows runs properly, increase the size of your virtual memory paging file. For more information, see Help.

When you press OK, you receive:

Your system is low on virtual memory. Windows is increasing the size of your virtual memory paging file. During this process, memory requests for some applications may be denied. For more information, see Help.

This behavior will occur if the paging file setting is too low.

To resolve this behavior, increase the size of the paging file:

Windows XP and later

1. press Start, right-click My Computer and press Properties.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. In the Performance area, press the Settings button.

4. Select the Advanced tab in the Performance Options dialog.

5. In the Virtual memory area, press the Change button.

6. Change the Initial size and Maximum size to a higher value. Setting Initial size and Maximum size the same helps to prevent fragmentation. Press Set and OK.

7. Press OK and OK.

8. Restart your computer.

Windows 2000

1. Right-click My Computer and press Properties.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. Press Performance Options.

4. In the Virtual memory area, press Change to increase the Initial size and Maximum size. Setting Initial size and Maximum size the same helps to prevent fragmentation. If you use a debugger, the Initial size should be at least 126 MB.

5. Press Set and OK.

6. Press OK to The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.

7. Press OK and OK.

8. When you are prompted to restart your computer, press Yes.



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