How To Fix The “Computer Is Low on Memory” Problem On Windows

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Have you received the “your computer is low on memory” message on Windows 8 or Windows 10 and want to know how to disable it? If you do, make sure to read the information we’ve provided in the article below. This article will explain to you how to solve this problem so that it no longer appears or disrupts your PC usage.

This message will appear when your disk space is low or when your PC is running too many programs at once. Thankfully, there are a number of different troubleshooting steps you can follow to make sure that the message goes away completely. Once you’ve finished reading through this guide, you should hopefully have removed the message for good.

Simply follow all of the steps listed below, one by one, until the “your computer is low on memory” message disappears. If you ever come across the message again, you can come back to this guide and follow the steps again.

Close programs

One of the first places to look for alleviation when the memory of your computer is getting low, is the Task Manager. In there you can see all the processes running and the amount of memory they are using. And in the Task Manager you can kill any process that behave badly.

To open up the Task Manager, right click the task bar (that is the usually black bar at the very bottom of your Windows main screen). When you first open the task manager, you may not see any of your applications on this screen.

Click the “More details” link at the bottom left hand side corner of the Task manager and all of your programs and applications will appear. You can now see all of the applications that are running and sort them by how much memory each program is using.

You can click to kill the programs that are using the most memory – this should solve your low memory problem completely. Make sure you don’t close down any of the Windows processes – doing this could cause some issues with your PC.

Use built-in Windows tools to troubleshoot

Thankfully, there is a built in tool available for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users that can troubleshoot problems like this. Follow the steps below to access the tool.

  • Press the Windows key and the F key together to open up the search box
  • Type “Troubleshooting”, view all hits and pick up “System Maintenance”
  • Click Next and let the wizard analyze the situation on your PC

In the future, be careful about what programs you install. Only install trusted programs and don’t install too many programs at once – doing this can slow down your PC and cause these memory problems.

Adjust the size of Virtual Memory Allocation

Each hard disk has a specific allocation that Windows is allowed to consume on it in order to use it as virtual memory. Virtual memory is kind of topped up memory. When the physical memory runs out, Windows starts to use the hard disk as reserve memory. And it also does that before physical memory runs out, by moving stuff that is only rarely used off from the expensive physical memory and writes them to the disk instead.

To adjust the allocation for virtual memory for each hard disk, follow these simple steps.

  • Look for Advanced System Settings (type in the search box if you can not find it in the Windows Menu)
  • Open the Advanced tab and click the first Settings… button at the Performance area
  • Open again Advanced tab in the Performance Options dialog and click “Change…” button in the Virtual Memory area
  • Uncheck the “Automatically manage…” checkbox
  • Click the drive label and adjust the virtual memory allocation for each drive separately

Warning! Tweaking the virtual memory parameters could also make the condition of your PC worse. Please consult professional help to figure out the most effective virtual memory settings that won’t slow down things but provide additional space for the operating system to increase the size of memory when needed.

As a rule of thumb, physical memory is very fast, but very expensive, while virtual memory is very slow, but very cheap. Now, find a balance there and you are done!


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