Low memory warnings occur when Windows does not have enough space to store the data it needs to store when you run different applications. This can be either in the RAM modules of your computer, or also on the hard disk, when the available RAM is full. Typically, if you receive these warnings, the paging file that uses your hard disk has an additional storage problem. A low memory problem can be very annoying and irritating when you want to run a program and encounter this error. There are many reasons for this error in software and hardware. Before you buy more RAM for your PC, make sure the problem is not related to the software. Some of the causes of low memory errors are described below.
- Overload process – When the process takes up too much space on the RAM and there is no space to run new programs, the out of memory error is displayed.
- Unwanted files take up space – The registry stores information about the program and activities on the RAM, including cookies, activity logs, temporary files, and other unwanted files. Over time, these files can accumulate in RAM and take up space
- Low virtual memory – Virtual memory is the space on the hard disk that replaces the RAM to store files to be temporarily executed. When your RAM is full, Windows temporarily transfers the files to virtual memory to free up space.
- Installation of Excess Programs – The number of programs installed on the system may also cause an out of memory error.
Method 1: Stop any program that uses too much memory
- In Windows 10/8/7, launch the Task Manager on your computer by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting the Task Manager option. Or run this application by holding down the Shift, Ctrl, and Esc keys.
- In the main task manager window, go to the Processes tab, then click on Memory to sort your processes according to memory usage.
- Right-click the process that takes up too much memory and choose the End Task option to close it. If the processes that use the most memory are multiple, repeat this step to close them.In this way, the operation can help you close the “Your computer is out of memory” warning.
Method 2: Increase your virtual memory
One way to solve this problem is to increase your virtual memory. Windows has more space to store the allocated files. It works in most cases.
- Open Start
- Type “Advanced System Settings”
- Click Advanced System Settings. Advanced system settings
- Click Advanced (selected by default).
- Click Settings under Performance. Performance parameters
- Click Advanced
- Click Edit .under Virtual Memory. Virtual memory settings
- Clear the Automatically manage the swap file size for all drives check box.
- Click the drive on which you want to edit the pagefile. I recommend C: or your SSD, if any.
- Click Custom Size
- Enter the size in MB, make sure to enter PLUS, then the recommended size.
- Click Set
- Click OK
Method 3: Disable startup programs
Sometimes, if there are many startup programs, the computer may be bothered by a memory problem. Here, we suggest disabling these startup programs. Here, let’s take Windows 10 as an example.
- You must press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
- Enter msconfig and click Enter.
- On the Startup tab, click Open Task Manager, and then right-click a program to choose Disable. If this does not solve the low memory error in Windows 10/8/7, simply go to the next method.
Method 4: Install more RAM
Another solution to solve the problems of insufficient memory is to install more RAM. To do this, first check the properties of your system to see the size of the RAM already installed on your PC.