Your Computer Is Low On Memory Warning [Solved]

The warning is a signal to let you know that you may need to close some programs or take other actions to free up memory and improve your computer's performance.

Sometimes while doing your regular work on your computer, listening to your favorite musing, and trying to open Excel spreadsheet you may get a popup saying Your computer is low on memory. This error usually occurs when your system’s RAM (Random Access Memory) is nearly exhausted, and Windows starts relying on virtual memory (page file) stored on your hard drive. Low memory warning can also occur when a program doesn’t free up the memory that it no longer needs, this problem is also called memory overuse or a memory leak. In this article, we will explore the reason behind this warning and provide effective solutions to Fix Your Computer Is Low On Memory Warning error.

Low On Memory Warning on Windows 10

Memory is a crucial resource that helps your computer run programs and perform tasks. When the available memory becomes limited, Windows temporarily moves information that would normally be stored in RAM to a file on your hard disk called a paging file. The amount of information temporarily stored in a paging file is also referred to as virtual memory. When Windows Fails to move information to the virtual memory or Virtual memory Became full windows show the warning message Your Computer Is Low On Memory.

The reason for Low Memory Warning on Windows 10 can be different, it may be Numerous background processes and applications running simultaneously can strain your system’s memory resources. Running memory-intensive applications or having large files open can quickly deplete available memory. Again Malicious software can consume memory resources, leading to low memory warning on Windows 10.

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When your computer’s memory becomes limited it can cause slowdowns, freezes, and crashes. And Closing unnecessary applications will free up some memory and so resolve the problem. If you are getting this error on a regular basis then the best option which you are having is changing the maximum and minimum file size of the paging system (Virtual Memory) which is present on your computer.

Close Unnecessary Programs and Processes

When multiple programs and processes are running simultaneously, they consume valuable memory resources, which can lead to memory depletion and trigger the low memory warning. Let’s Start by closing any unnecessary programs, especially resource-intensive applications.

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager,
  • Go to the “Processes” tab, and end processes that are consuming excessive memory.
  • Avoid terminating critical system processes, Focus on closing non-essential programs or processes that you recognize and don’t require at the moment.

Closing unused or unnecessary programs, you can free up memory and reduce the strain on your system.

In addition, Go to the “Startup” tab to view the list of startup programs. Disable unnecessary programs by right-clicking on them and selecting “Disable.”

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Check for Memory Leaks

Memory leaks usually occur when programs or processes do not release memory properly, causing memory usage to gradually increase over time. Use the Task Manager or third-party tools to monitor memory usage and identify programs with memory leaks.

  • Again open task manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together.
  • Move to “Details” tab and Look for programs or processes that are utilizing a significant amount of memory.
  • If you notice a program or process that exhibits continuously increasing memory usage over time, it may indicate a memory leak.

Update or reinstall the affected software or contact the software developer for assistance in resolving the issue.

Increase Virtual Memory (Page File) Size

Windows utilizes a page file on your hard drive as virtual memory when physical memory is low. Adjusting the page file size can allocate more space on the hard drive for virtual memory, and allow your system to handle larger memory demands help alleviate the low memory warning.

Keep in mind that RAM is enough faster than your hard drive.

  • Press Windows key + R, type sysdm.cpl and click ok to open “System Properties” of your computer.

command to open system properties

  • Go to the Advanced tab, Under the “Performance” section, click on the “Settings” button.
  • Next In the Performance Options dialog box, go to the “Advanced” tab.
  • Now In the Virtual Memory section, click on the “Change” button.

Change virtual memory size

  • Uncheck the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” option and Select the system drive (usually the C: drive).
  • Now you need to Choose either “System managed size” or “Custom size” for the virtual memory.
    • If you select “System managed size,” Windows will automatically allocate an appropriate size for the virtual memory based on the available space on your system drive.
    • If you choose “Custom size,” you can specify a higher initial and maximum size for the virtual memory manually. It is generally recommended to set the initial size to be equal to the amount of RAM installed on your computer and set the maximum size larger than the initial size (e.g., 1.5 times the amount of RAM).

Set Virtual memory windows 10

Once done, click on the “Set” button, then click “OK” to apply the changes. Restart your computer and check if Increase Virtual Memory (Page File) Size help fix low memory warning.

Run System Maintenance Troubleshooter

In some cases if a program is a force closed, or if something isn’t working properly on your Windows 10 system you might be prompted with the “Your Computer is low on memory” error message. This is happening because Windows is allocating too much virtual memory to the mentioned process, while your system is trying to fix all the problems. For this Once Run the system maintenance tool and check.

To Run this open control pane – System and Security- Security and Maintenance

Here Under Maintenance Click on Start Maintenance and wait flew a moment to complete the process.

Use Third-party Optimize Tools

If any corrupt Registry uses high memory this Error can happen. For that better check for the corrupted registry and clean or repair them using free registry optimizer tools like Ccleaner.

Once you install the Ccleaner Run the program and check for Registry clean. Select Scan for Issue and allow CCleaner to scan, then click Fix Selected Issues.

Scan for Malware and Viruses

Sometimes virus or malware infections also consume system resources, including memory, leading to increased memory usage and triggering the low memory warning. Perform a full system scan using reliable antivirus software to detect and remove any malware or viruses that may be consuming memory resources.

Windows Security (formerly known as windows defender) is an excellent built-in security solution provided by Microsoft for Windows 10. It offers robust antivirus protection and includes various security features to safeguard your system against malware and viruses.

Full scan with windows security

You can use Windows Security to scan for malware and viruses, which can help resolve the low memory warning issue. Also, you can prefer third-party antivirus, Ensure that your antivirus software is up to date.

Increase your Physical RAM

If your system frequently encounters low memory warnings, upgrading your RAM can significantly improve performance. RAM is a hardware component that temporarily stores data that your computer needs to access quickly. Increasing the amount of RAM in your system allows it to handle larger memory demands more efficiently

Consult your computer’s documentation or a technician to determine the compatible RAM type and upgrade options for your device.

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