Dealing with Insufficient Memory in the System

How Windows Memory Works

In Windows environment, the system memory acts as a temporary storage for applications. When an application is executed by the user, it pulls out relevant library files from the hard disk and loads them into the system memory where the data is consumed periodically. When system memory is run out, Windows uses a part of the hard disk as a virtual memory to store the data which spilled out of the physical memory. But Virtual memory can be quite slow compared to the physical memory, and therefore it can slow down the system. However, if the user didn’t assign enough virtual memory to the Windows, it might end up crashing.


Usually the following error message appears when the Windows is suffering from low memory.


Solution 1

Before proceeding to the next solutions, make sure the Computer meets the minimum system requirements of the Windows version that you are using. Windows requires at least 1GB system memory for the system. However, for advanced computer usage, higher memory is required.


Solution 2

When the Windows has enough system memory the system should work normal unless you are using resource-intensive applications such as Photoshop, Chrome, Flash or Movie Maker softwares.

1. Open the Windows start menu by clicking on the Windows Start Icon.


2. Type RUN in the search bar in the Windows Start menu and then Open It by clicking on it.


3. Type sysdm.cpl to open the “ System Properties”


4. Go to the “Advanced” tab by clicking on it, click top most “Settings” Button, then in the “Advanced” tab of the Next Window, find the “Change” Button, and click on it to open the next Window.


5. First Uncheck “Automatically manage paging file etc..,” Second Enter the Custom Sizes, as shown in the Image. Click on the OK button to apply the changes, and restart the System to make it work.

Solution 3

Startup Programs can consume large portion of the System Memory. If the user doesn’t have adequate amount of System memory,  it is better to turn off unnecessary startup programs.

1. Open the Task Manager (Right click on the Start bar which is on the bottom of the Screen , Left click on “Task Manager” to Select and Open the “Task Manager”.


2. When “Task Manager” is opened, go to the “Startup” Tab, Find the unnecessary programs, and Disable them one by one by right clicking on each application.


Solution 4

Cleaning the System Memory can free a lot of Memory and make it available for the Operating System.

1. Download the “ST Cleaner” from the following web address:

2. Install the downloaded “software” by double clicking on its downloaded executable file.

3. Run the “ST Cleaner scan”

4. Clean the System Memory by clicking on its “Clean Now” button.