How to fix Your Computer is Low on Memory in Windows 10

If you receive this error "Your computer is low on memory", it means your computer is out of RAM. Here are some quick fixes to this problem.

What does the error message Low memory in Windows 10” mean? It means that your Windows resources are being sucked up for some reason. This can be an issue because when this happens, all of your open programs can begin to malfunction and freeze up. You may not be able to save open work. There are a couple of reasons this may happen, but don’t worry. We can fix this problem.

Low Memory in Windows 10

Low memory in windows 10

The easiest and fastest way to fix this issue is to press "Ctrl + Alt + Del" keys at the same time to bring up Task Manager. One the Task Manager is open, you will see a list of programs and processes that are open and running. 

Once here, select Task Manager >, check and select programs that are using high memory and CPU usage > click End Task to close the selected programs or apps. As you close these apps and processes, you will free up the memory allocated to them. This memory will free up your computer. You will begin to see an immediate change in the way the computer is behaving.

How to Increase Virtual Memory in Windows

If the low memory issue happens often, you may want to increase your virtual memory. Here’s how you do that:

  • Press Windows logo and X at the same time
  • Click on System
  • Click Advanced system settings, then click Settings under Advanced pane in System Properties.
advanced propeties
  • Click Change under Advanced Pane
advanced pane
  • Uncheck Automatically Manage Paging File Size for all Drives. Check the Custom Size. Set Initial Size and Maximum Size Properly.
  • Click Set and OK

This should help with the memory usage of your programs. Windows will allocate more memory to files.

Some people use third-party software to help manage Windows memory. This is not necessary, but it can be helpful for people who want total control over every aspect of their memory usage.

When you find yourself experiencing memory issues, either follow the steps above or get a third-party manager. If the problem persists after trying the steps above, you may want to consider a computer that has more RAM.

Unfortunately, as programs become more memory intensive, computers begin to have issues keeping up with them. The good news is, replacing your computer should be the last option. As long as you have a computer that isn’t more than ten years old, you will not likely need to replace it. Computers today don’t become obsolete as fast as they used to. Just don’t run out and replace your computer right away.

Using the Task Manager, you can keep an eye on the apps and processes that are always running when you lose memory. This can help you troubleshoot and make changes in the software you’re using to see if that will help with the problem.

Be careful when closing processes, however. Many of those processes need to be running. If you don’t know what you’re shutting down, you could crash your computer. This is usually not a fatal issue, but it is always good to know what you are shutting down. If you do shut down something you shouldn’t, chances are good that rebooting the computer will fix it.

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