by mchainmchain - 7/2/12 12:07 AM
In Reply to: Thanks by lindylou42
Glad you did not fall for the scam call.
Several possible causes:
--Your hard drive is getting too full.
--You are running out of free space on your main hard drive.
--You have a program you run that is damaged or corrupted.
--You are running a newer program that requires more memory on your system than you now have, for it to run properly, or it is maxing out the system memory when it is run.
Virtual memory is memory data that is written (stored) temporarily to your hard drive when Windows needs the space in system memory to run other tasks or programs at that moment. If that memory data can be moved to the hard drive when it is not being used in memory and newer data can be written to the memory space now freed, the computer is able to run the program you just started much more easily.
This process of moving memory data back and forth from the memory to hard drive and back to memory as needed is called swapping out and the space on the hard drive is called the "swap file".
Memory data can be run much faster than data can be read off the hard drive, so excessive use of the hard drive swap file will slow the system down noticeably, as reading and writing the memory data on the hard drive is much slower than running in memory.
This is something Windows decides and executes automatically.
Memory data can be only executed in memory; the hard drive is a place to store the data when it is not needed at that moment. This means that for the memory data to be used, it has to be read first, then placed in memory to be run, and if it is needed later, must be written back onto the hard drive.
Your system specifications will help greatly here if you wish to share them with us. Once we know what brand, model number, etc., we can better help you troubleshoot your system. If you tell us that, we will know if the age of the system could be a factor in what you are experiencing.
See the "Please read before posting" note below the text box you use in your reply, especially the part in red letters.
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