|Easy fix that costs nothing Annette.|
Hold down the WINLOGO key (between Ctrl and Alt) and push the Pause/Break key (up top right).
You will see how many MB or GB of RAM you have installed.
Click ADVANCED>Performance settings>and ADVANCED again. Click the CHANGE button in VIRTUAL MEMORY, and then the CUSTOM radio button. In both boxes put in a figure which is 1½ times as much as your RAM, eg if you have 500MBs then enter 750 - if you have 1GB then enter 1500. Click set, OK, etc and then reboot.
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|Er.......You could help yourself by finding out what virtual memory is in the first place.|
You could also check out the word "Virtual"
You're sitting at a PC connected to a huge repository of information and you have a free search tool.
May I politely suggest you open Google and enter "Virtual Memory" as a search term.
I did that just now on www.google.co.uk. The first result was a Wikipedia article which explained what Virtual Memory is.
The second result was a How Stuff Works article.
And so on.
Virtual memory is a file on the hard disk, where the PC puts suff it is working on, but doesn't really need immediately, when there isn't much real memory (RAM).
If your hard disk is geting full you may start to vave problems because Windows hasn't got anywhere to put the stuff it's working on.
It may be that you need to change the Virtual Memory setings in Windows (Google or use Windows Help).
You may be low in hard disk space, in which caase a larger hard disk can help.
More memory may help generally. Windows XP is acomplete dog with less than about 256M of RAM. 512M is better, 1G is probably as much as you'd need.
It all depends on what is available in your machine at the moment and how it's set up.
If you are not confident you can either find local techie or learn for yourself about how your stuff works.