I thought this may be the case (not knowing that much abut the inside of computers but...)I have tried to reduce documents etc i use avg, ebay and turbo lister to name the main do you know if they use a lot of space storing files?/ Whats the easiest way to get more space ie: can I fix it myself? I do use the disk fragmenter and clean up wizards. Any advice welcomed
Then MAT ALAN's suggestion of 1500 for both is spot on. The only problem is that it's eating into what you have left of your hard drive space.
If you are using a desktop computer, consider buying a larger drive to store some of your files and to put your paging file / virtual memory on. This would help the C drive to work better and be more efficent. Hard drive prices have tumbled and you can get a large capacity one for a very reasonable sum of money.
That you Back-up some stuff and then remove it from the PC. A pair of 40GB External Hard Drives would do the trick. Whatever you do don't rely on a single Copy, CDs and DVDs degrade (frequently, quite quickly) and Hard Drives breakdown on occasion.
Because your HDD is so full, this problem is going to occur again and again, until you have about 20% of it empty/unused.
Percy Vere's suggestion of using CCleaner is spot on. Go to it's Tools Section and have a look at the Software installed. There must be stuff that you don't need.
Then a good old Defrag to sort things out a bit (Won't make any difference to the amount of Space available but will make things work swifter).
p.s. If you haven't Defragged for a while, make sure that you have nothing running, even turn screen-savers off, and forget it for 4 hours!
U will be pleased to know the root of problem has been found thanks to all your brilliant advice!! My ex husband had stored a lot of music on the hard drive . Using Brundles advice i found this out and deleted it. I freed up 20Gb!!! No more virtual memory problems. I couldnt understand it as i store most of my docs on usb sticks and cds. however, mystery solved now.