Hi all, I can barely maneuver my way around a PC, but I've managed to reformat the hard drive, due to painfully slow operation. It has a 40gig hard drive. I went into the BIOS, restarted from the Operating XP CD, deleted and created the C: 38156 (or some odd #) drive. For each - the delete and create drive options, it stated that it was the 38156 drive I was working with, NOT the 8mb info storage, and proceeded to do the quick install that I asked for. I've done this 3 times thinking maybe I chose the wrong thing, because each time at finish, I went to install a kids software cd requireing 3mb of space, and got an error saying I only had 2mb left. In the computer memory section in My Computer, it states just that - I only have 256mb of space. Thanks to your wonderful posts, I am now in the Virtual Memory (file paging) window, where it is telling me: Drive: C: Space Available: 36858 MB Custom Size is selected Initial Size (MB) is 384 Maximum Size is 768 System Size and No Paging File are NOT selected Below that is the Total Paging file size for all drives Minimum allowed: 2MB Recommended: 381MB Currently Allocated: 384MB From your posts I gather that my machine is operating on virtual memory, not actual RAM. How did this happen on the reformat if it was telling me that it was installing XP on the 38156? It didn't give me any other options. How can I get the computer to run off of the 36gig drive, NOT virtual memory? And it looks like I'm supposed to have some memory allotted to virtual, but how much should that be for a 40 gig drive? (There were only 2 partitions - the original 38156 and the 8mb). I appreciate any help - I homeschool my girls and the majority of their work is on the PC. Be easy on me- this is the first PC I've owned since 25 years ago when I took a Basic C: language class so I could get into my graphics programs on the 386!