I am running Windows XP 64 bit with 8 Gigs of ram. The 4 sticks (same brand, different speeds) are recognized in the Windows System Properties -> General tab.

Issue is: when I start running more apps (games, Firefox, Chrome, Virtual Machines, etc) and the system gets to 4 gigs of memory used, the "You are running low on virtual memory - you should increase it", dialog bubble is displayed. When I check Process Explorer, it shows my memory usage at 3.9 gigs, although there is clearly room for all 8 in the dynamic graph. I also notice my HD starts spinning more while the system pages data out. Opening more apps does not increase my displayed memory usage and decreases the performance of my machine.

Any suggestions on how to make the machine use all 8 gigs of the memory?

  • how much virtual memory do you have assigned? – Molly7244 Nov 14 '09 at 1:47
  • I am running XP 64 bit on a 64 bit processor. Virtual memory is at 2-4 gigs. – Haphazard Nov 14 '09 at 2:32

Are we talking about 32-bit processes here?

Please see:


Note: Limit in 64-bit Windows for User-mode virtual address space for each 32-bit process is 4 GB with IMAGE_FILE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE set

Hoep that helps.

  • If I am reading this properly, it is saying that each process gets a max of 2 -> 4 GB for itself. All my processes are running well under 1 GB but my overall cap is 4GB total. – Haphazard Nov 14 '09 at 3:40

I have since replaced this computer - I do not know why it was behaving like this. I cannot delete the question because of the other answer which isn't quite right.

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