How to resolve ‘Memory error’ prompt on Windows 7?

Bhakta S June 11, 2014

How to resolve ‘Memory error’ prompt on Windows 7?

After using the Chrome browser for a few minutes after booting, a yellow triangle dialog box comes on, mentioning that the computer has ‘Insufficient memory’ and then either to save and close programs and re-start the computer.

  1. Susendeep D
    June 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Try Microsoft Fixit

    You can also follow only steps mentioned in the below link -

    Fix an Insufficient Memory Error

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , woud it work for the error , as specified in comment to Mr.Dalsan's reply?

    • Susendeep D
      June 17, 2014 at 9:43 am

      I read the conversations between you and Dalsan but couldn't find what error are you referring to.

      Other than that,try Microsoft Fixit first to see if it resolves your problem.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks. I viewed the link and found it useful. Can you please tell whether increasing size of virtual memory work to resolve error

    • Susendeep D
      June 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Increasing the size of virtual memory will only slow down your PC as it'll use HDD for swapping in and out your page files.

    • Bruce E
      June 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Considering that OP is getting low memory errors, paging isn't really going to be slowing anything down.

  2. Oron J
    June 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

    See Dalsan's excellent answer. You either don't have enough memory or your virtual memory settings are incorrect. Realistically, you can run Windows 7 with 2GB RAM, but having 3GB will make a very big difference, so if your PC has less than 3GB, upgrade!

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Can removing apps mentioned in comment to Mr.Hosvep's reply , to regain memory , ply the sys smoothly? as many apps won't be required. Please elaborate

    • Oron J
      June 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Removing (uninstalling) applications may or may not help, depending on the specific circumstances. If you sort the tasks in Task Manager by amount of memory (make sure to display processes from all users first) then you may be able to tell where the problem lies. However, you should read the articles suggested by Alyce and Susendeep as they may address your problem more directly.

      As for the amount of memory, 2GB RAM is a on the low side and I would recommend upgrading to 3GB or more. Windows' memory needs grow over time! Windows updates, new versions of Chrome and other apps and even your AV software all mean that what was sufficient in the past is not necessarily enough today,

  3. Hovsep A
    June 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Follow Dalsan M suggestion.

    When you open task manager do you see unusual activity or RAM usage?

    you can try clean boot mode
    to check if you have the same message

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you. In task manager , are seen lots of chrome.exe , and there are three applephoto...exe , then googedrivesync.exe , Virtual router.exe which are main memory hoggers? and also explorer.exe though IE browser is not used.. please tell about hoggers and IE

    • Hovsep A
      June 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm
      Google Chrome creates three different types of processes: browser, renderers, and plug-ins.

      well if you close IE then there should not be IE process running, same for chrome, unless there are plugins that do run like realtime notification plugins..

      you can also be hit by malware so do scan with malwarebytes antimalware, superantispyware, spybot search and destroy

      you can also uninstall chrome and reinstall

    • Dalsan M
      June 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Explorer.exe is actually the Windows graphical interface and file browser. iexplore.exe is Internet Explorer. If you stop this process, you will lose the start menu, icons on the desktop, and the taskbar. You would have to restart the explorer.exe process by pressing the Windows button + R to start the Run command, then enter explorer.exe and run it. It is a necessary system process in order to use the Windows GUI and other functions.

  4. Dalsan M
    June 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

    How much memory do you have installed on the computer? The error you are receiving is due to having low memory and the virtual memory/paging file size is too low. You may want to look into upgrading the memory to a higher amount in order to increase speed, multitasking ability, and lower the chances for these errors in the future.

    To change the paging file/virtual memory size, go to the link here and follow the instructions: I would change the size to 1.5 times the installed memory size, or at least 3072MB (whichever is bigger) for both the minimum and maximum paging file size. This should help your issue and also help with performance should the paging file need to change to a larger size; even though you change the total size, not all of it would be used initially. It would use up to the amount you specified should there be a need to do so.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks. Do you mean , how much RAM? It is 2 GB RAM , 32 bit win 7 Home Basic pc. This has been working for years , then what could be occupying the RAM? Can it be running processess? Can the processess be deleted thruogh task manager? Or the background apps seen in sys tray list with synaptics , bluetooth .. ? Or can it be added chrome apps overburdening RAM? or simply new version of Chrome browser which is high in MBs? Or can it be files in Recycle bin?
      The following error prompt was received : Title of error prompt :: Your computer is low on memory

      To restore enough memory for programs to work correctly, save your files and then close or restart all open programs

    • Dalsan M
      June 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Files in the Recycle Bin do not take up RAM or affect it in a way that would cause your error. Ending tasks through the Task Manager can help reduce memory issues on a per-use case, but a more permanent option would be stopping the processes from automatically starting, only start when you use it. You can use "msconfig.exe" from the search bar after clicking on the Start button, and disable the processes and programs that you know of and don't want to start automatically. Alternatively, you can use the tool in CCleaner to change the startup programs. If you do not know what a process is or does, Google search it. Some processes are necessary and should not be touched.

      There are plenty of Windows background services that can be disabled in order to reduce RAM usage, though for each person it is different. Here is a comprehensive list and instructions of turning features and Windows services to help reduce memory usage and speed your system up some. Read carefully and only adjust what you know can be safely adjusted (it lists what can and what each service does).

      Alternatively, you can use IOBit (Razer) Game Booster to automatically disable features and services when necessary, and then turn off boost when you need the extra features and services. Also, use CleanMem to automatically reduce memory usage every 15 minutes. It runs a task every 15 minutes to "tell" the system to release RAM that is no longer being used by open programs and processes. Once installed, open CleanMem Settings through the Start Menu. Then click Start in the setup wizard window. Click Next, Next, Next, and then Install CleanMem Task Schedule, follow any prompts, then click Finish. That's it and you never have to worry about it again.

      Chrome Browser has been getting more and more resource hungry, and the Google Drive Sync can use up a lot of resources. Google Drive Sync and other cloud syncing services will use resources when running, even when you aren't using it, so you need to decide if you should have it running automatically in the background all of the time, or open it on your own from time to time instead. There may be settings in the programs to change when it starts and connects. Also, disable or uninstall any extensions and add-ons in your browser that you don't need or use as this will reduce memory usage.

      These tips and tricks should help you increase speed, reduce memory and CPU usage, while still being able to use your computer as you wish. Honestly, though, increasing the installed RAM to 3GB would greatly help your issue without applying as many tweaks.

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