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I keep getting this error.

Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Application Popup
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      26
Date:            3/27/2006
Time:            12:34:14 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      XC1
Description:
Application popup: Windows - Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low : Your system is low on virtual memory. Windows is increasing the size of your virtual memory paging file. During this process, memory requests for some applications may be denied. For more information, see Help.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

I’m running Windows 2003 Standard and Exchange 2003 Standard on a Dell 2.8Ghz machine. I have 4GB of memory and the page file is set to custom, initial size 4096 maximum size 4096.

This is my boot.ini:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Standard" /fastdetect  /3GB /USERVA=3030 /NoExecute=OptOut

I’ve tried letting Windows manage the page files size and I still get the error. I can reboot the machine and do nothing and within 30 minutes get the error.

Any ideas on how to correct or track down this problem?
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by:Mazaraat
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Are you getting any other errors in the event logs?  Is store.exe taking all the RAM?  I'm wondering if maybe your page file has become corrupt....reset pagefile:
http://www.petri.co.il/pagefile_optimization.htm
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No, I'm not getting any other errors. I have set the page file to 0 then rebuilt it. Still I get the error.

If I look at the task manager store.exe is using 9,712k.
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by:Mazaraat
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Follow the steps in the article for recreating the page file....make sure its on another disk if possible .  

I would also test your memory to make sure thats not it: http://www.memtest86.com/

Then run FULL scan disk to make sure their are no drive errors....

This way we make sure no hardware issues first...
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by:vbplayer
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After doing many more hours of research I found the solution at this link.

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.exchange.admin/browse_thread/thread/ca8f9fbb1c6fcd3f/56360bfd46a8772c?lnk=st&q=windows+2003+huge+page+file&rnum=2&hl=en - 56360bfd46a8772c


Here is the link at Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;315407

I change the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager HeapDeCommitFreeBlockThreshold = REG_DWORD 0x00040000 and all is wonderful now. No more errors.
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