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Isadora

How do I resolve low PC memory so my scandisk will run if I have closed all unessential programs?

My computer says that it still doesn't have enough memory, I have even closed down my firewall protection and antivirus program, I only have explorer left in my control alt delete box. Are the updates eating my memory. I can't defragment or anything. help
Gordy:

in your contol alt delete box.. which is your windows task manager look at the processes. tab across the top.. that is a list of everything actually running on your computer. your performace tab will show how much of the computer is in usuage in a percentage. but the processes page shows your exe files.. if you have spyware.. it will use up a lot of memory. and spyware will not show up from a virus scan. you will need to check that with a spyware program. something though is running in the background. taking up memory.. also look at your virtual memory settings as well.. and increase those...

Isadora:

Your answer was the most informative. Thank you. But I dont see what your saying when I press control alt delete for the close program dialog box.

Paper Trader:

You may have a problem with your Scandisk program. If you're using scandisk, you're probably on Windows 95 or 98. Scandisk runs BEFORE windows boot -- or can be told to under startup options. that way, you have NOTHING in memory. You're running it from DOS.

-- If you're not in Win 95/98, then don't use scandisk
-- the low PC memory MAY be referring to temporary file space (i.e. pagefile, a portion of the hard disk used when physical RAM is all used)
-- check your autoexec.bat and config.sys files to ensure you have 'himem.sys' running. It's a memory manager that controls memory greater than 640K.
-- Windows XP does not need nor want an autoexec.bat or config.sys file. You'll get a lot of memory errors if they are not empty.

Isadora:

Thank you. I am using windows me, however my computer will not defragment it keeps telling me to use scandisk to fix errors.

Blackfear:

I suggest getting more ram. It will fix that problem. Its not that costly either. 50-150 $ depending on how much you want.

Hunta:

How much memory do you have?. Less tha 512meg then I would suggest you get more memory, it's cheap.

Otherwise try booting into safe mode. Press f8 as windows is booting and follow the onescreen options.

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