Computer Freezes after excessive copying/Pasting

By TechIntern ·
We have a couple of users and part of their work is doing excessive copying/pasting. After a while their computer starts to behave strangely and stops to copy/paste. The only option is to reboot and after that it works fine for a while and same behavior again. Computer is running XP SP2. It has office 2007 installed. I have reinstalled OS but didn't help. It has also done that on a couple of different computers. It has 2GB of ram and i have increased the virtual memory upto 10,000 MB.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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A couple of things to try

by Jacky Howe In reply to Computer Freezes after ex ...

How to Correct a Freezing Computer Problem
To stop your computer from freezing up, you will want to address two separate issues. First, you will want to try and determine which programs are eating up all of your available processing power. You can do this by using the CONTROL+ALT+DELETE keys which will open the Windows task manager. Click on the tab that says PROCESSES and you will be able to see all of the programs that are using available resources. In many cases, programs that are malfunctioning can use large amounts of processing power and they are likely your culprit. Any program ( excluding iexplore.exe ) that uses more than about 15000 K in memory is asking for trouble. If you don't see a readily apparent problem, then we'll have to run some diagnostics on your system to see what is going on.

In many cases when a program is not running properly, a person automatically assumes that it is the software that is at fault when in reality, it could very well be your computer's fault.

Download CCleaner to remove any Temp files and tidy up the registry.


I run this batch file on startup that removes Temp files ========

cd \
cd %USERPROFILE%\"Local Settings"\"Temporary Internet Files"
del *.* /s /q
rmdir . /s /q

cd \
del *.* /s /q
goto INIT

@echo off
set cStatflag=0

cd \
cd %TEMP%

del *.* /s /q
rmdir . /s /q

if %cStatflag%==1 goto FINISH

cd \
set cStatflag=1




RAM is a limited resource, whereas virtual memory is, for most practical purposes, unlimited. There can be a large number of processes each with its own 2 GB of private virtual address space. When the memory in use by all the existing processes exceeds the amount of RAM available, the operating system will move pages (4 KB pieces) of one or more virtual address spaces to the computer?s hard disk, thus freeing that RAM frame for other uses. In Windows systems, these ?paged out? pages are stored in one or more files called pagefile.sys in the root of a partition. There can be one such file in each disk partition. The location and size of the page file is configured in SystemProperties, Advanced, Performance (click the Settings button).

A frequently asked question is how big should I make the pagefile? There is no single answer to this question, because it depends on the amount of installed RAM and how much virtual memory that workload requires. If there is no other information available, the normal recommendation of 1.5 times the amount of RAM in the computer is a good place to start. On server systems, a common objective is to have enough RAM so that there is never a shortage and the pagefile is essentially, not used. On these systems, having a really large pagefile may serve no useful purpose. On the other hand, disk space is usually plentiful, so having a large pagefile (e.g. 1.5 times the installed RAM) does not cause a problem and eliminates the need to fuss over how large to make it.

Go to Control Panel, System Properties and take note of the amount of RAM. Now you need to make sure that the Pagefile is equal to 1.5 times the installed RAM.

Go to Control Panel, System Properties, click on Settings under Performance, click on the Advanced tab, click on Change under Virtual Memory.

Also test your Memory.

Go to this site and read the instructions. Save the ISO version of the file.





Create your CD and test your Memory.



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Sounds as if you have a Memory Leak

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Computer Freezes after ex ...

That isn't allowing Used Ram to be freed up after it is no longer needed.

You might like to try Free Ram as a possible solution


I don't know if it will work as you haven't given any information of the LAN there but it's worth a try.


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Without knowing what processes

by ComputerCookie In reply to Computer Freezes after ex ...

are running when you achieve these levels of paging it is hard to know.

I use copy and paste often myself, however for the last 8 years I've use FreeRAM, suggest you look at that progam or another similar even if you're able to isolate and resolve this problem.


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