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I installed an old version of Adobe photoshop elements on my old crappy laptop. I have used this program before on this computer but it crashed a year ago and has since been fixed. All we do on this computer is internet and basic photo editing, and we have a lot of photos stored on it.
I have windows 7 and 4gb of ram (3.6 gb useable)
I tried to open adobe photoshop elements 2.0 and it says it can't start because the virtual memory is too low. I looked up how to change the min and max amounts but I don't know what amounts to put in. I don't want to break this old thing again.

Thank you

Hello Mary

You shouldn't be changing anything and you should allow windows to adjust this.  My guess is you have too many other programs running on start up. Note that photoshop is a memory hog on its own.  Install CCLEANER and then from the tools check to see what you have running on start up. You can go and install ccleaner from my software/support page here:

You can go to the following website to learn how to use ccleaner correctly:

I hope this helps.


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