Getting an Your computer is low on memory error message means that something, a certain process, is using more memory than your computer can provide, and it will likely fail if something isn’t done about it.
However, getting this error doesn’t have to mean that you need to upgrade your memory, but that there is probably a memory leak or some other software issue that is causing this message to appear. The message may also ask you to close a certain app or game, and blame it for the excessive usage of memory, and if you fail to do so, your system might crash.
Fortunately, before going out to buy more RAM for your computer, there are several software solutions that you will want to see and try, as they are more than likely to help you solve the problem
Method 1: Update Windows
If you’re seeing this message, it might mean that there is a Windows Update waiting to be applied.
- Open Windows Update by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, typing Windows Update and opening the result. (Windows 8, 8.1, 10)
- Open Control Panel from the Start menu, and open Windows Update
- Use Windows Update to check if there’s an available update, press Check for updates to initiate the scan. If there is, wait for Windows to install it, and reboot your device.
Method 2: See which process is taking up the memory, and reinstall the software responsible
Sometimes this issue may appear due to a memory leak. If this is the case, reinstalling the software responsible can help prevent such occurrences afterwards.
- Right-click on an empty space on your taskbar and select Task Manager.
- From the Processes tab, take a look at which process is taking up a lot of memory. In most cases, this is the process responsible for the memory leak.
- Once you’ve located the problem, open Programs and Features from the Control Panel.
- Find the problematic software, and uninstall
- Find a setup file from the software’s website, download it and install it again.
Method 3: Check your page file
A corrupted page file can lead to memory leaks and overuse of system RAM. Setting the page file manually is known to solve this issue.
- Right-click My Computer and select Properties from the dropdown menu. Click the Advanced System Properties link in the left side navigation pane.
- From the Performance header, select
- Within the Virtual Memory header, press
- Select Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. Reboot and the memory problems will be solved.
Having a memory leak can be a serious problem. Windows will ask you to close programs that you’re using, programs will crash, and you will have headaches trying to solve it. However, following the aforementioned methods will solve the problem for you, and you can continue using your computer again.