How to fix Your Computer Is Low on Memory on Windows 7/8.1/10?


Computer problems are very frustrating, especially when they seem to pop up out of nowhere. Memory errors are one such issue that may temporarily bring productivity to a halt. Sometimes these errors can be caused by system changes made without knowledge or intention, but most often they arise from the simple fact that the system only comes with a certain amount of memory. Memory issues can be caused by several things.

Anyone who uses a computer knows how frustrating it can be when your computer crashes or freezes.  It’s even more frustrating when you know the only reason is because of a lack of random access memory (RAM).  Without RAM, most programs simply cannot function properly.  This problem frequently arises if you have too many apps open and trying to run at the same time. When your computer is running low on memory, this means that the system is temporarily unable to perform actions because it does not have enough memory available to complete those actions. This can cause slow performance and even an unresponsive computer in some cases, but if you follow the steps outlined below that won’t happen anymore!

1. Restart your computer

Perhaps the easiest solution is just to restart your machine and clear out any unnecessary processes that may be running in the background or using up valuable RAM.  After restarting, check again for applications that are opening automatically or running in the background.  If you find any, avoid opening them until you’re ready to use them.  Remember, if you don’t need to keep an application open at all times, then you should close it immediately when finished with your task.

2. Manually close down memory-hogging tasks

Some people prefer is manually shut down applications that are using up too much RAM on their machine.  For example, Firefox uses a large amount of random access memory upon startup but does not continue to increase as you continue browsing the web unless more tabs are opened.  The same goes for Microsoft Word and other programs like these.

Whenever one of your applications needs to access data from another, it will go into the Windows swap file that was mentioned earlier which is located on the hard drive (C:).  If you want to check and see how much of your total memory this location is using up, simply open the task manager and click on the Performance tab on the bottom right-hand corner.

3. Monitor startup programs

Many applications run when you start up your computer though they might not be in use. Moreover, Windows is always in the background process of loading some or the other application to make your computer more efficient and fast. As a result, memory space will keep depleting all the time till it falls lower than 50%.

Make sure no applications are running at startup except anti-virus programs.

To do this:

Click on the Start menu–>Settings–>Control panel –> Administrative Panel–> Services tab–> Check Hide all Microsoft Services box–> Click on Continue –> Scroll down and checkmark “Hide all Microsoft services” box. Now restart your computer and see if the issue has been fixed or not.

Check hardware drivers

If disabling all the startup programs didn’t help, try checking for hardware drivers using device manager and updating them one by one to fix this low memory problem. Many times the culprit is an outdated hardware driver which over time leaves corrupt files in your hard disk and thus takes up more space than required.

To do this:

Open Device manager

Press start button–> Control panel –>System–>Hardware tab–>Device manager . This will list all the devices installed on your computer along with their current status such as working properly or not working properly. Try updating all the drivers that are marked “not working properly” or “unknown device”.

how to fix Your Computer Is Low on Memory on Windows

Increase Page File Size

If you are running Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 the reason may be the page file size which is set to 4GB by default. Page File is an extension of RAM (Random Access Memory) that acts as a hard drive for your computer when it runs out of memory. So rather than crashing your entire system due to lack of memory, it uses this disk space to store data temporarily until you get more memory. This however slows down your computer since hard drives are much slower than RAM. Fixing Your Computer Is Low On Memory on Windows 7 (Windows 8)

1. Open the System window by right-clicking My Computer/Computer and selecting Properties

2. Click Advanced system settings after the appropriate dialog box appears

3. Under the Advanced tab click Settings… under Performance

4. Click on the Advanced tab and then under Virtual memory click Change

5. Uncheck the box that says “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”

6. Select your primary drive on the top (C:\) and choose Custom Size

7. For Initial size enter how much memory you have in MB

8. For Maximum size enter however much you want Windows to use, not exceeding half of your total physical RAM

9. Click Set and then OK after closing the windows to save changes

10. Reboot your PC! You should be good to go after doing this! It might even speed up some things like game load times since it won’t be writing temporary files out to disk anymore!

The easiest way is to set it manually using this formula:

RAM x 2 = Total Page File

So if your computer has 1GB of RAM you would set it to at least 2GB and for every 1GB of RAM add another GB. This can be adjusted later on if necessary. After this simply restart your computer and the problem should not occur again unless you perform a memory-consuming action that requires more than 4GB in which case your page file will start working properly.

Run System File Scan

When your computer’s registry files become damaged, you may get the message Your PC is low on RAM in Windows 7 or 8. Use Microsoft’s System File Checker to inspect for system file corruption. This tool examines and repairs all protected system files, ensuring their integrity.

1. Type cmd in the search box on your Windows 7 or 8 desktop

2. Right-click on Command Prompt and open as Administrator

3. In the command prompt window type: sfc /scannow

4. Press enter

5. Reboot your computer when it is finished scanning for damages

6. If the scan comes back with errors, you may need to run this tool several times.

Upgrade RAM

And finally, if the above didn’t solve the issue, it pretty much means that you don’t have a lot of memory and frequently experience a computer memory shortage, you can upgrade your RAM. Upgrades to your RAM will improve the performance of your computer and decrease the occurrence of freezes or hangs.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...