Windows® ME Virtual Memory
Learn about the functioning of virtual memory in the Windows® ME operating system
Virtual memory can be considered as an alternate setting of memory addresses. These addresses are used by the programs instead of real addresses, for storing data and instructions. When the programs get executed, these virtual addresses get converted into real ones. If you are using the Windows® ME operating system on your computer, then you need to know how Windows® ME virtual memory operates on your PC.
Various issues related to Windows® ME virtual memory are as follows:
- Why virtual memory is needed?
- How Windows® ME virtual memory operates?
- Issues that may come up with Windows® ME virtual memory
- Reasons for such issues
Why virtual memory is needed?
Virtual memory is used for enlarging the address space so that the programs can utilize it temporarily. You will be amazed to know that virtual memory can contain twice the number of addresses as the main memory. In other words, Windows® ME virtual memory is needed for the successful operation of programs on your computer system.
How Windows® ME virtual memory operates?
In order to copy virtual memory to real memory, the Windows® ME operating system divides the virtual memory between pages, all of which contain a definite number of addresses. These pages are stored on the disk until they are needed. When these pages are required, the operating system copies them from the disk to the main memory, converting the virtual addresses into real ones. The method of translating virtual addresses into the real ones is termed as mapping and copying of the virtual pages to main memory is termed as swapping or paging.
Sometimes, you receive a message that says "Out of memory" on your screen when your computer tries to load a program. You may also receive a message that says that virtual memory space is low.
This may be because the setting for the maximum size of page files is very low and the disk space is not enough to expand it to the required size. Sometimes, the page file may also become corrupt, may be because of improper shut down. The problem may also be because of your computer having trouble with third party software. In that situation, you can try the System Restore or an antivirus scan. You may even upgrade your computer’s processor in order to comply with the Windows® ME virtual memory set. Your computer may experience difficulty with the drivers or the drive’s root directory might not give full control to the system.