You’re just browsing the web, listening to some music and trying khổng lồ get that Excel spreadsheet done when suddenly you get a popup that says “Your Computer Is Low on Memory”. Why is this happening & how can you fix this error on Windows 10?


Memory Is Not Disk Space

In this case “Memory” does not refer to lớn hard drive space. It refers khổng lồ RAM (Random Access Memory). That’s the fast working memory of your computer & exists as physical microchips, separate from the hard drives that permanently store your operating system, apps & data.

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This means that to lớn fix this issue, you need to miễn phí up your computer’s working memory. However, it’s also doesn’t hurt to không tính phí up some disk space too if you’re running low.


Close Unneeded Programs (or Browser Tabs)

The most obvious thing to vì chưng is close programs that you don’t need. You can vày this the usual way by simply using the X button at the top-right of the Window. If the program isn’t responding, you can kết thúc it the brute force way.

Open the Task Manager by using any of the following methods:Press Ctrl + alternative text + Del và click Task Manager Right-click the Start Button & select Task ManagerPress Ctrl + Shift + EscClick on the Memory header to arrange apps by RAM usage.

Remember to save your work before you close anything important.Right-click on the app that’s using too much memory. Select End Task.

After you’ve closed the offending app, start it up again. It may use less memory after it restarts.

Sometimes memory management goes awry in a way that can’t be fixed by closing apps. In this case, simply restarting your computer may vị the trick.

Check That Your Paging file Is Okay

While RAM is not the same as your hard drive space, Windows does use a reserved section of your hard drive as overflow space when RAM is full, known as the “paging” file. 

When you get the low memory warning, it means that this safety net has also filled up completely. If the above measures don’t work, it’s worth adjusting your paging file.


Another option is Disk Cleanup. Windows includes a handy Disk Cleanup utility that can quickly take care of a full hard drive. If your paging tệp tin is being squeezed through a lack of disk space, it’s worth trying this:

Open Windows tệp tin Explorer.Right-click on the full drive and select Properties.
Under the General tab, select Disk Cleanup.Check all the types of files that you want automatically removed.

After the cleanup is complete, you can close the disk properties window.

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Check for Malware

There’s a small chance that malware (viruses or spyware) is responsible for the “Your Computer Is Low on Memory” warning message.

To check for & remove malware, you need special software. Windows 10 has a built-in application known as Windows Defender. That’s good enough for most people, but if you’d like kiểm tra out How khổng lồ Scan for Malware in Windows 10 and How khổng lồ Remove Stubborn Malware.

Check Your Minimum Requirements và Buy More RAM (Maybe)

If you’re getting low memory warnings with a specific application, make sure your system meets the minimum Windows 10 RAM requirements of the software you’re trying to run.

Allocate More RAM lớn Specific Apps

Sometimes you may not be running out of total RAM, but some applications may not be getting the RAM they need. Windows usually does a good job of prioritizing RAM, but you can manually override it if needed. Check out How to lớn Allocate More RAM khổng lồ Specific Apps in Windows to lớn see how it’s done, along with related caveats.

Adjust Application Settings or Workload

Many programs can be tweaked to lớn use less RAM. For example, Adobe Premiere Pro lets you adjust the maximum usable memory limit. This will free up memory for other apps.

Alternatively, you can reduce the amount of RAM an application needs by reducing the kích thước of the data that it works with. For example, you might want to reduce the resolution of a picture or clip that you’re trying to edit.

Fixing the “Your Computer Is Low on Memory” Error

Thanks to lớn how modern Windows 10 memory management works, it’s normal for a large chunk of available RAM khổng lồ be in use even when the computer seems khổng lồ be doing nothing. Windows tries to predict which applications you’re likely khổng lồ launch and preloads that data into RAM. This means that your computer will feel snappier và more responsive in general.

RAM usage isn’t a problem unless you’re genuinely running out of RAM and the computer is forced khổng lồ swap data for active programs into the paging file. Until you hit that point & none of the fixes above help, don’t sweat it!

Sydney Butler is a social scientist và technology fanatic who tries lớn understand how people & technology coexist. He has two decades of experience as a freelance computer technician and more than a decade as a technologies researcher & instructor. Sydney has been a professional technology writer for more than five years & covers topics such as VR, Gaming, Cyber security and Transhumanism. Read Sydney"s Full Bio

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