Lots of RAM but not enough memory - why?

  Ms_Dial 01:06 22 May 2008

I have a 1 yr old pc that gets temperamental easily. Since the beginning after a few hours use the desktop icons and cascading menus will appear blank and I have to reboot it this'll happen least 2 a day. Then today I had open Paint Shop Pro, FontXplorer, and my browser then I tried to open a document and it said I didn't have enough memory, what the heck? I didn't have these issues with my 7yr old pc that had only 512mb of RAM capacity much less twice that.

I have gone through MS set-up and turned off unessential apps, my cache is empty, defragged yesterday and have uninstalled some unused progs (that I downloaded) and kept pre-installed ones I don't use but I'm unsure of like Microsoft Works (huge) cuz I'm afraid Wordpad & Notepad will disappear if I do.

I'm including my specs below with hopes someone can advise me, thanks so much!

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name YOUR-2CA16646B7
System Manufacturer GATEWAY
System Model T5212
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2666 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2666 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. GC11020M.15A.2010.2006.0817.0956, 8/17/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2765 (xpsp.050928-1517)"
User Name YOUR-2CA16646B7\Owner
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 487.31 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.11 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

  Diemmess 08:59 22 May 2008

The easier answer first.....
You should be able to uninstall Works (which is a separate application), without any risk to Wordpad and Notepad. These two are part of Windows and installed with the OS.

Not sure of an answer to the main problem. There must be something running automatically which is taking the lion's share of the RAM.

You can run msconfig and its startup tab to see what loads on booting.

You might find a clue in Control Panel > Admin Tools and Event Viewer, starting with the System Events.

  brundle 09:10 22 May 2008

Ctrl-Alt-Del, look in the memory column of Task Manager.

  Smiler 13:48 22 May 2008

try using this little program
click here
Freeram xp pro

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