Your computer is low on memory – How to fix

You are using the computer, the screen suddenly appears error message Your computer is low on memory, accompanied by the application you are opening will be closed. Even if you restart your computer, it will not work, as this is a memory leak. To fix this situation, the best way is to upgrade more RAM. But in the short term, try the following methods of

Windows 8 , Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are great platforms that offer a number of features that are available to improve the user experience and troubleshoot with ease. A common bug on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 systems (which can not be remedied by using classic troubleshooting procedures) is a low virtual memory error. Unfortunately, you can not fix this problem automatically.

This message refers to low virtual memory, which can lead to delays and problems on Windows devices. There are many reasons for the error “Your Computer is low on memory”, this article will guide you to fix this problem in the following cases:

  • The computer is low on memory, but it’s not. Many users report that when this warning appears, the actual computer memory still works correctly. It seems the computer has misinterpreted the various memory indexes.
  • Computer has low memory due to Claymore software. This virtual cash dispenser seems to use too much memory, resulting in low memory notifications.
  • Sometimes, low memory errors also cause black screen problems , forcing users to restart their computers .
  • CutePDF displays the “Your computer is low on memory” error message. CutePDF is a PDF converter that normally displays low memory alerts. These messages usually appear when users want to print converted PDFs.
  • The message “Your computer is low on memory” appears when saving the Excel file .
  • This bug appears in the game Dying Light, Call of Duty, WoW and many other games. If you are a gamer, you may have encountered this error message a few times. Games use a lot of memory and for this reason, they often trigger low memory errors.

1. Scan the whole system

Some malicious files may cause the “Your Computer is low on memory” error message. These programs will prompt you to download many software to fix low memory problems. And this may be a false message to trick you into installing unwanted software, so you should not download and install anything on your computer.

In this case, you should use powerful antivirus/antimalware software to perform a computer scan, remove these viruses and malware. You can run the built-in anti-virus software of Windows, Windows Defender or third party anti-virus solution. If you do not know how to use Windows Defender, you can refer to the article How to kill viruses using Windows Defender Offline on Windows 10 Creators .

If a virus or malware causes a low memory issue, then after using the security tool, the error message will disappear.

Close programs that are using too much memory

Usually, “Your Computer is low on memory” error occurs when many processes or software running on your system use too much memory. In this case, RAM does not support all these processes and you will be prompted to make some changes to disable some programs.

Yes, that’s exactly what you need to do, get rid of unnecessary programs. Note, if you disable system processes, can lead to operating system problems. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 : Launch Task Manager on the device by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting the Task Manager option.

Step 2 . Then, from the main window of Task Manager, select the Processes tab and click on Memory (Private Working set) to sort your processes by memory usage.

Step 3 . From there, just remove or end the process that is using too much memory. This will solve your problem.

3. Use the Windows troubleshooter

In some cases, if a program is closed unexpectedly, you may receive a “Your Computer is low on memory” error message. This error occurs because Windows is allocating too much virtual memory to the process mentioned, while the system is trying to fix all the problems.

Anyway, do not worry as you can solve these problems by running System Maintenance, see the steps below on Windows 8.

Step 1 : From the Start screen, press the Wind + F key .

Step 2 : In the search box, type Troubleshooting .

Step 3 : From the Troubleshooting window, select View All (located on the left panel) and select System Maintenance .

Step 4 : Touch Next  and wait while your Windows 8 system runs the troubleshooting process.

If you want to avoid closing programs, you can use the built-in troubleshooting tool for Windows 10.

1. Go to Settings> Troubleshoot > scroll down and select  Find and fix other problems. 

2. If one of the applications installed on your computer uses a lot of memory, you should run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooting tool.

4. Increase virtual memory manually

By increasing virtual memory, you can solve problems or low memory warnings. Of course, you’ll have to do it manually because there are no apps specifically for this. This process is very easy, refer to the article This is how to increase the virtual memory capacity on Windows and follow the instructions.

5. Repair the registry

The simplest way to fix a registry is to use a dedicated tool, such as CCleaner. Do not forget to back up the registry to prevent any problems that occur during the execution.

You can also use the Microsoft System File Checker to check for corrupted system files. This utility monitors all protected system files and fixes problematic files if possible. Here’s how to use System File Checker.

Step 1 . In Start > type cmd > right click on Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator.

Now type sfc / scannow .

Step 2 . Wait for the scan to complete and then restart the computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.

6. Update the operating system

Make sure you are running the latest Windows OS update on your machine. Microsoft is constantly launching Windows updates to improve system stability and fix various problems.

To access the Windows Update section, you can simply type ” update ” in the search box. This method works on all versions of Windows. Then go to Windows Update, check for updates and install updates available.

7. Hard disk drive checks

On Windows 8.1, you can open the drive you want to check in the File Explorer. Then, right click on the drive you want to scan and select Properties . Go to the Tools tab , select Check, and then select Scan Drive.

On Windows 10, you can run disk checks with the Command Prompt. Open Command Prompt as administrator and type chkdsk C: /f and press Enter . Replace C with the drive letter partition character.

If you do not use the /f parameter , chkdsk will display a message saying that the file needs fixing, but it does not fix any errors. Chkdsk D command : /f detects and fixes logical issues affecting your drive. To fix the physical issues, run the /r parameter.

8. Delete temporary files and folders

The easiest and fastest way to delete temporary files and folders is to use Disk Cleanup . When you use a computer or browse the Internet, your computer will accumulate many unnecessary files. These files are called junk files, which can affect the speed of computer processes and lead to low memory error messages. Here is how to use Disk Cleanup on Windows 10:

Step 1 . In Start > type Disk Cleanup > engine startup.

Step 2 . Select the drive you want to delete, the tool will tell you how much space can be released.

Step 3 . Select Clean up system files.

9. Delete the recently installed software

If you have recently installed new software on your computer, try uninstalling that software by going to  Start > typing Control Panel > select recently added programs> click on Uninstall .

Then restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved.

These are the best practices for windows 8.1 and 10. If you can not fix these problems after using the above solutions, you should consider upgrading your RAM.