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Various Error Messages Displayed and Slow Windows Performance When Virtual Memory Is Enabled
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This article was previously published under Q239094
If this article does not describe the error message that you are receiving, view the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article to view more articles that describe error messages:
315854If this article does not describe the invalid page fault error message that you are receiving, view the following Microsoft Web site to view more articles that describe invalid page fault error messages in Internet Explorer:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315854/EN-US/ )Windows 98 and Windows Me Error Message Resource Center
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When you click the Performance tab of the System Properties tool, you may receive the following message:
If you examine the Virtual Memory option, virtual memory is enabled.
Performance may be improved by enabling virtual memory.
In addition, Windows may perform poorly and when you start programs, random error messages similar to the following examples may be displayed:
This behavior can occur if the Win386.swp file located in the Windows folder has its file attributes set to read only. Windows uses the Win386.swp file to create virtual memory.
To resolve this issue:
Virtual memory is designed to be dynamic. If the swap file (Win386.swp) is set to read only, Windows uses the amount of memory that is allocated. When Windows attempts to expand to compensate for programs that exceed the physical memory, system error messages are generated.
For additional information about virtual memory, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/128327/EN-US/ )How Windows 95/98 Manages Virtual Memory