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Windows 8.1 Problems. 'Windows has ran out of memory'

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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 Problems. 'Windows has ran out of memory'


    Hi. I have recently upgraded my windows 8 laptop to windows 8.1. It has 4gb of memory. Before i upgraded, my computer worked great. Now, every once in a while, my computer displays an error message that says something like: 'Windows is running out of memory. To fix this, close and restart open programs'. Closing programs does not work, and my programs crash until I restart my computer. If I go to task manager, Windows Problem Reporting is open many times. I ran malwarebytes, and nothing came up. Is there a way to fix except for downgrading again?



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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello SkyKnifer, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you by chance disable your page file, or set it to a low size?

    If so, it would be recommended to set the page file to be managed by the system instead.
    If not, then is your hard drive running low on free space. If so, then you will need to free up space or get, get a larger hard drive, or move the page file to a hard drive that has more space.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello SkyKnifer, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you by chance disable your page file, or set it to a low size?

    If so, it would be recommended to set the page file to be managed by the system instead.
    If not, then is your hard drive running low on free space. If so, then you will need to free up space or get, get a larger hard drive, or move the page file to a hard drive that has more space.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
    No, I did not change my page file. I do not have a too full hard drive. There is 358 of 442 GB available. How much should I set my initial and maximum virtual memory to be?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Leaving your page file set to be managed by the system is fine.

    Have you noticed if this only happens with any specific program or action?

    If it's for a specific program, then you may have a memory leak with the program. You could use Resource Monitor to monitor the "Memory" tab to see if a specific process may be using up unusually high amount of memory when this happens.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Can you post a screenshot of your Task Manager ?

    Task Manager - Open in Windows 8

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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Click image for larger version Here is a picture of my task bar.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK.

    Try these 2 things.
    You can always undo them.
    After doing them reboot & look at your Task Manager again.

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    Post back with results please.
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    Windows 8.1


    Click image for larger version Here it is after applying those changes.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    It did not help with the disk usage.

    Someone else will have to help with that issue.

    You have good CPU usage.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    SkyKnifer,

    Scroll down in Task Manager to see what it's showing as using up the Disk so much, and compare that to what's using up Memory as well.

    So far, I'm seeing a lot of Google Chrome windows or tabs open. You might check to see if you have any toolbars or add-ons installed in Chrome that may be causing a memory leak by temporarily disabling them to see if this issue continues afterwards.
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