How to repair Windows XP from consistently crashing?

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Why am I receiving the error message "Not Responding" at arbitrary times when I'm on my PC/internet.  The computer freezes, but usually not longer than a minute each time, but it is unbelievably annoying, as it occurs so often. The same crash arises with the message "Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low" (this occurs on my browsers). Finally, it freezes with the message: "rundll32.exe -- This program is not responding" Any suggestions on correcting these issues, particularly the first one, greatly appreciated. Thanks, Bill

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Windows XP, Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 19, Eudora 7

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Thanks Tom.  I will try again (tho I would suggest offering newbies some hint on the proper procedure for responding).

In response to your questions to my inquiry regarding Virtual Memory:

[Take Start-> Settings-> Control Panel-> System. On the ‘Advanced’ tab in ‘Performance‘, press [Settings]. On the ‘Advanced’ tab in ‘Virtual memory‘, press [Change]. In the ‘Paging file size for selected drive‘ section, how much is shown for “Space available”? In the ‘Total paging file size for all drives‘ section, what are shown for ‘Recommended’ and ‘Currently allocated’?]

Space available: 670-1344 MB
Recommended: 670 MB
Current Allocated: 672 MB

Hope this makes it to you. Thanks again.

– bill
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Did you received my response?  I scrolled away from my response without sending, but the page jumped. When I returned, all my text had disappeared, so I thought I better ask.

Thanks, Bill

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  • TomLiotta
    Take Start-> Settings-> Control Panel-> System. On the 'Advanced' tab in 'Performance', press [Settings]. On the 'Advanced' tab in 'Virtual memory', press [Change]. In the 'Paging file size for selected drive' section, how much is shown for "Space available"? In the 'Total paging file size for all drives' section, what are shown for 'Recommended' and 'Currently allocated'? -- Tom
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  • carlosdl
    There could be many reasons, and many solutions.  I would recommend doing a deep inspection of the applications/processes that are running in the background to make sure that only what is really needed is running.  This would include reviewing the startup type of processes, and applications that are set to start on the machine's startup.  Also, I would recommend a complete scan with a good antimalware product.
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  • TomLiotta
    @Bill: The above comment from you in the 'Answer' box is the first added comment from you that I've seen. -- Tom
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  • TomLiotta
    First, the site's FAQ should tell you everything you need to know to interact with the site. One of the earliest bits in the FAQ tells about who the site is aimed at, IT professionals. IT pros would be expected to become familiar with a FAQ and in general won't need much in the way of instruction on the proper procedure for responding. Comments in the 'Answer' area should generally indicate that the problem or question has been "answered" and possibly won't need further attention. 'Answers' often signal no need to visit the thread again. -- Tom
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  • TomLiotta
    If you click Start-> Settings-> Control Panel, and select the System function, what shows on the General tab for processor speed and the amount of RAM installed? The previously reported values of 'Space available:' and 'Recommended:' are possibly questionable. -- Tom
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  • Minister2
    Tom:The processor speed is 210 GHz.Amount of RAM installed is 448MB.Bill
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  • TomLiotta
    We can probably assume that it's 2.10GHz rather than 210GHz, but 448MB is a valid amount that fits with the earlier values. XP will set paging file size automatically if set to do so, and it will set minimum and maximum to 1.5 and 3 times the amount of RAM.   Without knowing anything more, the quickest 'fix' is to replace the 448MB with at least 1GB of memory. After that, it can get more complicated and depends on how much spare disk space you have.   If page file size is the actual problem, that should be the end of it.   Tom
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