Fix: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT Error in Windows 10
The MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error message is shown alongside the Blue Screen Of Death, and it can be a very annoying issue.
In this article, we’re going to show you a few tricks for resolving the MEMORY_MANAGEMENT BSoD error.
It often occurs when users run highly demanding processes, such as complex games, VR games, watching 4K livestreams, etc.
The MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error occurs in the following situations:
- MEMORY_MANAGEMENT on Asus, Acer, HP, Lenovo, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 — this BSoD error affects all devices, but when it comes to Microsoft’s Surface line, it seems that this issue is prevalent for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 devices.
I bought this computer about 2 months ago (Acer Predator g9-791) and whenever I play a game that is graphically intense, like Battlefield 4, I will get a blue screen with the error Memory Management error. I sent in the laptop to Acer and they replaced the motherboard and the ssd, I got the laptop back a week later but I still get the same error.
- MEMORY_MANAGEMENT crashes — in most cases, this error message simply remains on the screen, forcing users to reboot their devices. However, it may also cause PC crashes, and sometimes even crash loops.
Way too many times in the recent past, I have gotten the Windows BSOD error of “Memory Management” for things that should have been fine for me to run. It was either when I was drawing, watching a livestream and messaging someone at the same time, especially when doing stuff in VR through my Oculus Rift + Touch controllers.
- Windows 10 memory management loop — this error message can throw your computer into a so-called error loop. More specifically, although the PC doesn’t crash, the MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error is still there every time users restart their devices.
Memory management BSOD resulted in laptop rebooting. Since then, I am stuck in an automatic repair loop.
I canot get Win10 to run, only access to the Recovery Environment.
As we said, the MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error message is just another BSoD error message. The simplest, and the most common solution for this problem is to restart your computer.
After the restart, you shouldn’t get this error message anymore. So, before you try anything else, just restart your computer and see if the issue has been fixed.
However, if the MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error message still appears, after you restarted your computer, there a few advanced troubleshooting solutions that you should try.
Just follow the instructions below.
How to Solve MEMORY_MANAGEMENT Error Message in Windows 10
- Run SFC Scanner
- Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
- Revert your PC settings to default if you overclocked it
- Run a full system scan
- Repair your registry
- Update your OS
- Clean your temporary files and folders
- Check your disk for errors
- Remove recently installed software
- Check for programs causing memory leaks
- Manually increase Virtual Memory
- Run System Restore
Solution 1 – Run SFC Scanner
The SFC/SCANNOW command is Microsoft’s tool for resolving various system problems.
Even if it doesn’t sound like an actual solution, a lot of users who received this error message, even after multiple restarts, said that the SFC/SCANNOW command resolved the problem.
Here’s exactly what you need to do to run this command:
- Right-click on the Start Menu button and go to Command Prompt (Admin)
- Enter the following line into Command Prompt and press Enter: sfc/scannow
- Wait until the process is finished (it may take a while) and see if any errors are fixed
Solution 2 – Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
If the SFC command didn’t do anything, and you still receive this error message, something’s probably wrong with your RAM memory. If your RAM memory is corrupted, the best solution is to replace it with a new one.
But, before you remove your current RAM memory, you should make sure it’s broken. We recommended you to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, and if it tells you that your memory is the problem, you can change it.
Here’s how to run a Windows Memory Diagnostic tool:
- Go to Search, type windows diagnostic tool and open Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
- Choose Restart now and check for problems
- Let your computer restart, and on the next startup, the tool will report if something’s wrong with your RAM memory.
Solution 3 — Revert your PC settings to default if you overclocked it
BSoD error are very common on overclocked computers. Naturally, if you increase your PC’s clock rate, running it at a higher speed than it was initially designed to run, you should expect to encounter various technical issues.
As a result, if you’re using various overclocking tools, try reverting your computer’s settings to default and check if this memory management alert persists.
Solution 4 — Run a full system scan
Malware may cause various issues on your computer, including errors. Perform a full system scan in order to detect any malware running on your computer.
Here’s how to run a full system scan on Windows 10 Creators Update:
- Go to Start > type ‘defender’ > double click Windows Defender to launch the tool
- In the left hand pane, select the shield icon
- In the new window, click the Advanced scan option
- Check the full scan option to launch a full system malware scan.
Solution 5 — Repair your registry
The simplest way to repair your registry is to use a dedicated tool, such as IObit Advanced System Care or CCleaner. Don’t forget to first backup your registry in case anything goes wrong.
You can also use Microsoft’s System File Checker to check for system file corruption.
The utility verifies the integrity of all protected system files and repairs files with problems when possible. Here’s how to run an SFC scan:
- Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator
- Now type the sfc /scannow command
- Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.
Solution 6 — Update your OS
Make sure that you’re running the latest Windows OS updates on your machine. As a quick reminder, Microsoft constantly rolls out Windows updates in order to improve the system’s stability and fix various issues.
To access the Windows Update section, you can simply type “update” in the search box.
This method works on all Windows versions. Then go to Windows Update, check for updates and install the available updates.
Solution 7 — Clean your temporary files and folders
The simplest and quickest manner to delete your temporary files and folders is to use Disk Cleanup. As you use your computer or browse the Internet, your PC accumulates various unnecessary files.
These so called junk files may affect your computer’s processing speed, causing apps to respond slowly and may also trigger various error codes, including the memory management error code.
Clean your temporary files and then try to write data on the problematic storage device again.
Here’s how to use Disk Cleanup on Windows 10:
- Go to Start > type Disk Cleanup > launch the tool
- Select the disk that you want to clean > the tool will them tell you how much space you can free up
- Select “Clean up system files”.
Here’s how to use Disk Cleanup on Windows 7:
- Go to Start > type Disk Cleanup > open Disk Cleanup.
- In Disk Cleanup’s description section, select Clean up system files and select the drive that you want to clean up > click OK.
- On the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete > click OK > select Delete files.
Solution 8 — Check your disk for errors
On Windows 10, you can run a disk check using Command Prompt.
Start Command Prompt as administrator and type the chkdsk C: /f command followed by Enter. Replace C with the letter of your hard drive partition.
As a quick reminder, if you do not use the /f parameter, chkdsk displays a message that the file needs to be fixed, but it does not fix any errors.
The chkdsk D: /f command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive. To repair physical issues, run the /r parameter as well.
On Windows 7, go to hard drives > right-click the drive that you want to check > select Properties > Tool. Under the ‘Error checking’ section, click Check.
Solution 9 — Remove recently installed software
If you recently installed new software on your computer, try uninstalling it. Go to Start > type Control Panel > select the program(s) recently added > click Uninstall.
Then restart your computer, and see if the issue has been solved.
Solution 10 — Check for programs causing memory leaks
Check all the running processes on your computer to identify any programs causing memory leaks. To do that, launch Task Manager and select the Processes column to see which apps use an important amount of memory.
Select the respective process, click the End task button to disable it, and then check if the error persists.
Solution 11 —Manually increase Virtual Memory
By increasing your virtual memory, you will be able to resolve the memory issues or alerts. Of course, you will have to do it manually as there are no apps dedicated to this matter.
The process can be easily applied, just follow the steps below:
- Go to the Start Screen > type “advanced system settings” > double click the first result
- Select the Advanced tab and click Settings under the Performance panel.
- In the new window, click the Advanced tab again and go to the Virtual Memory panel; from there select “Change”.
- Clean the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” box.
- Click on Drive (Volume Label) and choose Custom Size.
- Add a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box and then select “Set”.
Solution 12 — Run System Restore
If the problem started recently, run System Restore. If this issue occurred after you installed new software on your computer, this tool helps you remove recently added apps and programs.
The System Restore option allows you to restore the previous well-performing system configuration without losing any files, except for a few customizable features and settings.
If System Restore is enabled, follow the instructions listed below (Windows 7 and 8.1):
- Go to Search > type system properties > open System Properties.
- Go to System Protection > click on System Restore.
- Click Next > choose the preferred restore point in the new window.
- Once you’ve select your preferred restore point, click Next > click Finish.
- Your PC will restart and the restoring process will start.
After the procedure has been completed, check to see if the problem persists.
Windows 10 offers a series of advanced recovery option that allows users to clean install the OS. If you’re a Windows 10 user, you can also use ‘Reset this PC’ recovery option.
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > click on Recovery under the left pane.
- Click on Get Started under Reset this PC > choose to Keep your files.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset.
If something’s indeed wrong with your RAM memory, you already know what to do.
Did at least one of these solutions helped you with MEMORY_MANAGEMENT problem in Windows 10? Tell us in the comments.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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