How to fix your computer is low on memory warning in windows 10

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


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Memory Is Not Disk Space

In this case “Memory” does not refer to hard drive sầu space. It refers to 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 và data.

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


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Cthất bại Unneeded Programs (or Browser Tabs)

The most obvious thing lớn vì chưng is close programs that you don’t need. You can vì 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 end it the brute force way.

xuất hiện the Task Manager by using any of the following methods:Press Ctrl + Alt + Del và cliông xã Task Manager Right-click the Start Button & select Task ManagerPress Ctrl + Shift + EscCliông chồng on the Memory header to lớn arrange apps by RAM usage.
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Remember lớn save sầu your work before you cchiến bại anything important.Right-cliông chồng on the ứng dụng that’s using too much memory. Select End Task.
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After you’ve closed the offending tiện ích, 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 vày the trick.

Chechồng That Your Paging File Is Okay

While RAM is not the same as your hard drive sầu 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 sầu measures don’t work, it’s worth adjusting your paging tệp tin.


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

mở cửa Windows File Explorer.Right-cliông xã on the full drive sầu và select Properties.
Under the General tab, select Disk Cleanup.Cheông chồng all the types of files that you want automatically removed.

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

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Cheông xã 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 kiểm tra for and 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 to Scan for Malware in Windows 10 và How To Remove sầu Stubborn Malware.

Check Your Minimum Requirements and 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 lớn run.

Allocate More RAM to 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. Cheông xã out How to Allocate More RAM to Specific Apps in Windows lớn see how it’s done, along with related caveats.

Adjust Application Settings or Workload

Many programs can be tweaked to use less RAM. For example, Adobe Premiere Pro lets you adjust the maximum usable memory limit. This will không lấy phí 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 lớn reduce the resolution of a picture or Clip that you’re trying khổng lồ edit.

Fixing the “Your Computer Is Low on Memory” Error

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

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


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