If your computer doesn’t have enough memory to function correctly, you may regularly encounter error messages indicating this. Aside from error messages, you may also experience generally poor performance and display problems. These issues quite simply indicate that your computer is running low on Random Access Memory and / or virtual memory. It can simply be caused by attempting to run too many programs at once, but can also indicate deeper problems with your machine.
The first thing to try with regard to this error is to attempt to clean the registry of your computer. A good way to do this is to download the Total System Care, which will do an excellent job of cleaning your registry and often sort out the problem in itself.
More Information and Manual Resolution
In addition to the above, there are various things you can attempt in order to resolve this issue. The most simple one to start off with is simply run fewer programs at one time.
If you’re still experiencing difficulties then the next thing to try is to increase the paging file / virtual memory size. This is done automatically by Windows, but can also be done manually. This carries the risk of making programs run more slowly, but can at least prevent low memory issues.
Firstly, open ‘System’ by clicking the Start button then right-clicking ‘Computer’, and then selecting ‘Properties’.
In the left pane, click ‘Advanced system settings’. You may be prompted for an administrator password, but if you haven’t set one then select the ‘Advanced’ tab.
Under ‘Performance’, click ‘Settings’.
Once again select the ‘Advanced’ tab, find the ‘Virtual Memory’ option and click ‘Change’.
Clear the ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’ check box.
Under ‘Drive [Volume Label]’, click the drive that contains the paging file that you wish to change.
Set the new paging size in the box and finally click ‘OK’.
If this does no good then the next thing to try is to install more RAM. If you’re unsure about how to go about this then contact the manufacturer of your computer.
Another thing that you can attempt is to work out which program(s) are causing the problems and then check to see if it / they are overusing memory.
To look into this, firstly open the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar, and then clicking ‘Start Task Manager’.
Click the ‘Processes’ tab.
Click ‘Memory’ within the window. This will sort the programs by the amount of memory that they’re using.
Once you’re aware of which program is causing issues, you can either attempt to alter the paging related to it, or be sure not to run it in tandem with others in future.