Your computer is low on memory in Windows 10

If you receive the error message “Your Computer is Low in Memory” when opening certain programs or apps on your computer.

Your computer is low on memory in Windows 10

Most users encounter the Your Computer is Low in Memory error while running resource-intensive Microsoft Office programs like Excel, Word, and Outlook.

The same error is also reported by users playing resource-intensive games like Call of Duty and other online games.

While this error message appears legitimate on computers with low RAM capacity, it can also appear on mid-range and high-end computers with high RAM capacity.

1. Close browser tabs and programs

Your first action should be to reduce resource usage on your computer by closing browser tabs, apps, and programs that you are not currently using.

If your computer is stuck due to low memory error, you can go to the next step and close high memory processes using Task Manager.

2. Close high memory processes

1. Right click on the beginning button and click task manager.

Open Windows Task Manager

2. On the Task Manager screen, click the memory Column to sort by memory usage > right click on the program Use high memory and click end task.

Close the high memory process using Task Manager

3. Scan computer for malware

High memory usage can also be caused by the presence of viruses and malware on your computer.

You can scan your computer for malware with the antivirus program installed on your computer and also with Windows Defender offline scan.

4. Troubleshoot Windows Store apps

You can use the built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10 to find and fix problems with Windows Store apps installed on your computer.

1. Go to settings > Updates & Security.

2. Click on Troubleshooting in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and select Windows Store apps and click Run the troubleshooter Possibility.

Run the Windows Store apps troubleshooter

3. Follow the on-screen instructions as the troubleshooter tries to find and fix problems on your computer.

5. Increase virtual memory

Increasing the virtual memory on your computer allows programs to use virtual memory in addition to RAM.

1. Open file manager > Right click on This PC and click Characteristics.

Open the properties of this PC

2. On the system screen, click Advanced system settings Link in side menu.

Advanced system settings option in Windows 10

3. Select on the next screen Progressive tab and click on the settings button in the performance section.

Advanced performance settings option in Windows 10

4. From the Performance Options screen, select Progressive tab and click on the change button in the Virtual Memory section.

Change virtual memory settings option in Windows 10

5. On the Virtual Memory screen, turn off. Manage automatically option, select the journeychoose System managed size and click OK.

Set the system-managed size for virtual memory on a Windows PC

make sure you Start anew the computer to implement the above changes.

6. Run Disk Cleanup

1. Type Disk Cleanup in the search bar and click Disk cleanup app.

Open the Disk Cleanup app

2. On the next screen, click Clean up system files Button.

Clean up system files

Note: You may be prompted to enter the admin password.

7. Run the System File Checker

Run SFC Scan Command to check the system files on your computer for errors.

1. Right-click beginning click and click Command Prompt (Admin).

Command Prompt Admin option in Windows 10

2. In the command prompt window, type sfc /scan and press the Enter key on your computer keyboard.

SFC scan command in Windows 10

3. Reboot your computer to see if the problem is resolved.

8. Check the hard drive for errors

It can take a long time to check the hard drive for errors. Therefore, only use this step if you suspect the hard drive and do not interrupt this process.

1. Right click on the Start button and click PowerShell Administrator.

2. In the PowerShell window, type the following chkdsk.exe /f /r and press the Enter key on your computer’s keyboard.

Run the chkdsk command in Windows PowerShell

When prompted to verify the volume on next reboot, type the following Y.

3. close PowerShell window, Start anew your computer.

Wait patiently while Windows checks the hard drive for errors and repairs bad sectors (if any) as this process can take a long time (5 to 12 hours or more).

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