Full Fix: Memory Management BSOD Error on Windows 10

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by Ivan Jenic
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  • BSoD error messages are a very common class of error messages, as they are the result of fatal system errors caused by faulty software or defective or incompatible hardware
  • The Memory Management error is a good example of a typical BSoD error, and we will be looking over several ways you can fix it when it happens.
  • We have many more articles like this in our dedicated hub for troubleshooting Blue Screen of Death errors, so make sure you bookmark the page because you may need it in the future.
  • If you need more troubleshooting guides, take a look at our dedicated Windows 10 page.
SSD MEMORY MANAGEMENT error

The MEMORY MANAGEMENT error message on SSD drives appears 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.

The MEMORY MANAGEMENT error affects all Windows versions, including Windows XP, Windows  7, Windows Vista, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

It often occurs when users run highly demanding processes, such as complex games, VR games, watching 4K live streams, 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

  1. Run SFC Scanner
  2. Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
  3. Revert your PC settings to default if you overclocked it
  4. Run a full system scan
  5. Repair your registry
  6. Update your OS
  7. Clean your temporary files and folders
  8. Check your disk for errors
  9. Remove recently installed software
  10. Check for programs causing memory leaks
  11. Manually increase Virtual Memory
  12. Run System Restore

1. Run SFC Scanner to fix the MEMORY MANAGEMENT error

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button and go to Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Enter the following line into Command Prompt and press Enter: sfc/scannowsfc scannow cmd ssd memory management error
  3. Wait until the process is finished (it may take a while) and see if any errors are fixed

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.


2. Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

  1. Go to Search, type windows diagnostic tool and open Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
  2. Choose Restart now and check for problems  ram diagnostic tool windows 10
  3. Let your computer restart, and on the next startup, the tool will report if something’s wrong with your RAM memory.

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.


Deal with memory leaks by checking our guide on the matter and avoid further issues.


3. Revert your PC settings to default if you overclocked it

BSoD errors 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.


4. Run a full system scan

  1. Go to Start > type defender > double click Windows Defender to launch the tool
  2. In the left-hand pane, select the shield iconwindows defender summary
  3. In the new window, click the Advanced scan option
  4. Check the full scan option to launch a full system malware 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.

You can use Windows’ built-in antivirus, Windows Defender, or third-party antivirus solutions.


Stay safe online and offline with these antivirus solutions we picked for you.


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:

  1. Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administratorcmd run as admin
  2. Now type the sfc /scannow commandsfc scannow ssd memory management error
  3. Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with more solutions for MEMORY MANAGEMENT error. Need more guides? Visit our dedicated section for Windows 10 Errors.

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  • Why is this page promoting reimageplus – a site which charges you a lot of money. The problem I think is Windows 10. Microsoft Edge is the slowest and most inefficient web browser I’ve ever used. It’s even slower than the deep web browsers – and they’re supposed to be slow

  • I ran the command prompt and It said found several corrupted files and repaired them. Try this before you buy. Did not know about this before and bought a one time reimage license for my old hard drive and it seemed to fix it. Note I reinstalled 10 yesterday ( downloaded ISO from windows) burned a disc and installed and had 5 or 6 blue screens since, each with a different error message

  • None of this helped at all. The program suggested first was looking hopeful, but you gotta pay for it. Useless. The rest of the options found no errors.

  • As soon as I ran the install file I received warnings from Malwarebytes and AVG Business Internet Security Edition. Scared me enough that I wouldn’t install.

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    • Initially, I was tempted to delete your comment, but I don’t have anything to hide. We recommend a software that we know works, and is one of the best. Many other similar websites do this. How do you think publishers are able to make a living? We’ve got people who work hard on these fixes, and while the information is free, we have “recommended”, and DIDN’T oblige anybody to buy it.

    • the owner is right, they recommend what they want since it’s their web page and everyone is free to say what they want, and that’s why i think you’re right too, thanks for the advice, that software is not just bloatware, worse yet, IT IS ADWARE so i’d tell everyone to be careful on what they install on their PCs, here’s a picture proving that.

      I tried the app just because I trust my antivirus with my life.

      • Hi there, thanks for pointing this out, we have reached out to the vendor and will have an answer soon from them. What I might suspect is that Kaspersky marks it as adware because if you have the free version, it will ask you to upgrade from time to time, so that can be considered as annoying, but that’s the case with most PC cleaners if i’m not wrong.

        • My Kaspersky is not a free version,if fact it is full version internet security and when it is a false positive there’s no a series of advices windows warning me one after the other, your linked program exe is, as our partner here said, a pile of bloatware, because free versions don’t have all those extra programs installing in the background, a good example is WinRAR which has only one advice, or other thousands of programs which ASK FOR OUR AGREEMENT to install third party software/toolbar/adware, instead of asking Kaspersky labs to ignore those warnings on their database, a better solution is to remove the bloatware/adware background installations from your software, regardless if you turn it into paid software

            • It’s been 2 months since your comment. Please provide the results of your “bloatware/adware research”. Thank you in advance.

          • Hi, As mentioned earlier, Reimage is fully industry complaint. Reimage submits it’s builds to all AV’s to make sure our definitions and aggressivity are in line with standards.

            The Kaspersky detection you mentioned is a False Positive and was removed after 48hrs.

            Thanks,

      • Hello,
        My name is Steve and I work in the Risk department at Reimage.

        Thanks for pointing this out. This is a False Positive and has been live for less than 48hrs. Once Kaspersky staff returns from their weekend I assure you will see it removed.

        Reimage works with Virus labs across the AV industry and each build is approved before distribution

        Other than the Kaspersky False Positive, How are you defining Reimage as “Adware”?

        Any feedback is appreciated.

        Thanks.

      • This is a false positive detection in the screenshot you listed above. It is no longer there.
        Thanks for your concern though.

    • Hello,
      I’m writing on behalf of Reimage looking for some insight on your comment.
      Reimage works with all AV’s and since 2015 has been submitting new build for White-listing before release. We still get the occasional false positive, which are usually cleared up within 24 hrs,

      Can you please elaborate on why you consider Reimage a “scam”? There are no third party offer or recommendations within Reimage funnel. Any errors detected by Reimage are clickable/verifiable on the application.

      What criteria are you suggesting Reimage is “bloatware”?

      Any specifics and feedback are appreciated.

      • Any company which asks you to download something on your computer, completes an alleged scan (I’ve had my laptop less than a week and according to reimage I have serious problems on there, some of which are not new) and then only lets you know after the scan that you need to pay for it otherwise you have just wasted your time has to either be at best dishonest, or at worst, a sham. Total disgrace!

        • The price is displayed on the landing page. It also never states it’s free, not sure why that would be the assumption.

          It’s unlikely reimage showed you high severity on a new computer. The scan results are completely transparent and even if you have 1000 registry errors, the severity is listed very low. All items detected are clickable and defined.

          Please share the scan results page from your new PC. Very interested in seeing this.

          Thanks,

          • Share the results? Like I’m going to run this again on my pc? I deleted this program when I realized it was dishonest (scanning without informing that I’d need to pay for the results to be corrected; listing errors which did not even exist; listing problems on my pc which were dated before my pc even existed!). Do you think I’d b e stupid enough to download this on my pc again so you could have a screenshot?

    • I only get the blue screen of death occasionally. If I reboot a few times, I get into Windows and then can run the tests prescribed in the article.

  • I tried the following as a Microsoft agent told me on the phone: System>>Device Manager>>Appearance>>Show hidden devices>>Then I deleted “ALL” pale colored items (Make sure you don’t delete the items not pale) under all headings and restarted the computer. I have never had MEMORY_MANAGEMENT issue anymore since then.

  • I did the sfc/scannow and got this
    “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
    of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windirLogsCBSCBS.log. For
    example C:WindowsLogsCBSCBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
    supported in offline servicing scenarios.” what can I do after this?

    • Make sure you are running cmd as administrator. You can right click on the cmd icon and choose “run as administrator”. If that doesn’t work try running it as admin in safe mode…

  • I got the message when my camera was plugged in. Then it rebooted to a black screen. I restarted it… Black screen. Pulled camera from USB “I might lose my pictures!” I thought. But, it booted just fine. The camera caused the error. I probably lost the pictures. Didn’t check yet.

  • I think that I have found the cause of this problem. A quick summary I am running W10 Pro with Intel i7, 24 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD with two partitions (one used for the system and one for other purposes). When I upgraded from W7 to W10, I placed the paging file on the second (non system partition) of the HDD and I did not experience any problems with memory management let alone getting a blue screen because of this. Then, a few weeks ago I moved the system page file to the system partition and lo and behold I ended up with an average of 3-4 memory management blue screens per day. On one occasion I got a blue screen because my page file was corrupted and this led me to suspect that there is some unpredictable interference between the system activity and the page file on the same partition.
    Anyhow, to cut a long story short, once I moved the page file back to the second non-system partition, the ‘memory management’ blue screens disappeared altogether – not a single one since I moved the page file off the system partition.
    BTW: I have done the sfc command and the memory test, checked all the drivers and so on. What fixed the problem in my case was getting the page file off the system partition.

      • Interesting that you should say this, and it offers me a clue: I have two external hard drives on this computer. Do you think this is my problem?

        • As long as Windows and all its related folders (a.k.a. user Downloads, Documents, etc) are on the same drive, you shouldn’t encounter this error. Yes, you can move those folders to other drives but I only recommend that if you don’t encounter the memory_management error described in the article.

    • For those of us who are techno-peasants, could you give us the exact steps you took in order to acheive this? Assume you are dealing with your 85 year old grandmother when you give the instructions.

      • Computers with HDDs or SSDs use two or three partitions for the installation of Windows 10 – namely a System partition and a Windows 10 OS partition C: drv. On some notebook computers there may be a third partition often called a recovery partition to reset the notebook to ‘factory’ settings. If you want use he work around mentioned in my post you need to shrink the C: partition by about 3GB (3000MB should be enough) and then use this free space to create a new partition to accommodate the page file. In Windows 10 (as was the case in Windows XP, W7, W8.1) you can nominate on what drive or partition on the same drive the page file should be located. Use the Computer Management Console to shrink the C: partition, then create a new partition and use the system properties – TAB System Protection to re-allocate the page file or swap file to the new partition.

    • YES … Fixed my straight Win7 to Win10 upgrade … Somewhere deep in contiguously aligned MSWin systempagefile/swapfile/hiberfil management there lurks one or more legacy 32bit 2.8gb limited bits of code that rear their ugly heads to precipitate BSoD when called in a 64bit implementation !

      • Peter, I wonder whether this problem will still exist with a clean install of W10 – that is all the W7 or W8.1 is erased?

  • Copying large files with the extra graph details showing will cause a memory problem as well … will not crash but will consume all PC memory 🙂 I would expect MS developers to use a stable platform as a base for Win10 but to me it looks like Vista was used 🙂

    • if that the case maby it is becouse you forget to close some files after you finish using them? i had teh error first time when my program used a file but i forgot to close it at the end of the program. i don’t think it has somting with the vertion itself. but agean it is just an idea. (maby windoes 7 had beter handeling for open files from usb maby not)

      • Nope, did not forget anything. In fact, Win10 has so many driver related bugs its crazy !!! Even dual screen setup with 2x PCI graphics cards have problem with rendering 🙂 Copying large files over a computer network will cause problems with memory as well … OS is just a big mess … looks like Vista team 🙂 When using Win7 all problems are gone !!! For sure its an OS problem !

  • I did run the sfc/scannow and it detected and repaired one corrupted file: C:WINDOWSSysWOW64opencl.dll

    Thank you for the help!