Windows 7 forum: "Your computer is low on memory." But why?!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) November 30, 2012 4:11 PM PST

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"Your computer is low on memory." But why?!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 11/30/12 4:11 PM

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Your computer is low on memory. But why?!


Hello I hope you all can help. My Gateway M-73 (Pentium Dual-Core T4200 2 GHz) laptop keeps giving me warning messages that my memory space is low and I need to shut down programs. This is a recent occurrence (mostly while running Internet Explorer), and I've run multiple programs in the past with no problem. Running CCleaner, and its registry cleaner component, has not resolved the problem.

The pastor I bought this computer from switched out the original hard drive (320 GB, I believe) for a 60 GB SSD. I know that SSDs are supposed to be great, but that's quite a change in storage space. Wish I could afford to put a larger SSD in. Actually, I wish I could afford a new computer, but on disability retirement that is a luxury I can't even dream about. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium, SP1. I'm a little disappointed with the OS, because when I went to install a long hoped for program in XP compatibility mode I got the message that it wasn't compatible. I suspect it is because my system is 64 bit, while the program is 32 bit. And this program is no longer available.

How do I find out what is taking up so much memory, and how do I fix the problem? My RAM is already maxed out, so adding memory isn't an option. My Virtual Memory is also set high. Because of neuromuscular disorders that make typing difficult, I depend on my computer and programs that assist me. I need my computer to work as it should. Local computer shops say they "might" be able to fix the problem, but they want far more than I can afford on my disability pension.... especially for a "might". HELP!! Blessings to you all.

--Submitted by: Pastor Paul G.

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