Cannot log on!? Virtual memory minimum too low?!

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olsetm41

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hey guys,
cant log on to my windows xp. It will take me to the log on screen but its blocked by the "virtual memory too low" window. Ive tried things in the F8 option during the start up but i dont really know what im doing. I dont have any of the drivers the computor came with. I have so many files that are valuable to me and would hate to lose them. Please help if you can...
 

techkid

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Hmm...

When did this problem first appear? Did you do any hardware or software installation or upgrades?

Virtual Memory is what your computer uses when the available RAM is used. It substitutes hard drive space as a memory reserve, and swaps the usage depending on what is currently being accessed most to least.

You might want to try changing it in Safe Mode. On restart, press F8 to open the Advanced boot options list, and select Safe mode. When you log in, go to Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced. Under the heading 'Performance', click on the Settings button (the first one), then click the 'Advanced' tab. At the bottom under the heading 'Virtual memory', click the Change button. Click the 'Custom size:' option and set it at a value that is appropriate for your needs. I find that setting both minimum and maximum to 2048 is quite sufficient.
 

olsetm41

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guys,
i have tried both of your suggestions. still the virtual memory window will not let me log on.
 

WhitPhil

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Try booting to Command Mode and doing a System Restore from there to a date prior to this happening.
 

WhitPhil

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The link in my post shows you how.
Essentially at the menu you have been seeing, select Safe mode with Command Prompt
Enter the info from the link

Follow the Restore prompts and in the process pick a date prior to getting this message.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.
 

flavallee

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How much RAM is in that computer?

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Click Start - Run, type in MSCONFIG and then click OK - "Startup" tab.

How many entries in the list have a checkmark?

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olsetm41

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flava- i cant even log on

Phil- i typed this command. a window that says system restore has popped up but it is completely blank. No instructions to follow...
 
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