How to Fix the Memory Management Error in Windows 10
“Memory_Management” is one of the most unhelpful phrases that Microsoft suggests you search for if you run into a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error while running Windows 10. So, how do you fix the memory management issue?
The first step in fixing any computer problem is isolating the issue’s source, so you know what to fix. With Window’s ominous errors, such as this one, it may be challenging to know where to begin.
Basic troubleshooting is essential to finding your memory management error. Let’s take a look at what you can do to get this fixed.
Step 1: Run Windows 10 in Safe Mode
The first thing you should do is launch Windows 10 in safe mode with basic drivers. This action allows you to check whether you still receive the BSOD Memory Management error. Essentially, this shuts down any processes the computer doesn’t need. If the memory management error ceases, you’ll know it isn’t hardware but rather something in the software, such as a patch in an update or a driver. If the problem still occurs, you may need to replace some faulty hardware. To boot your system in Safe Mode, follow the steps below.
- Use the Win+R keyboard shortcut and type “msconfig“ without quotes, then hit “enter.”
- Tap the “Boot” tab in the upper section of the screen.
- Select “Safe Boot.”
- Choose “Minimal” from the list of boot options.
Step 2: Run Windows Memory Diagnostic
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tool will test your SDRAM and report any problems it finds—if any at all. This step should use Safe Mode to prevent the BSOD issues you experience. However, this requirement is after affirming that your PC worked correctly in Safe Mode using Step 1 above.
- Press the “Windows + R” keyboard combination and type “mdsched” without quotes, then press “Enter” or click “OK.”
- Select the option to restart and run a check for SDRAM problems.
Upon restart, you will receive a report letting you know if you’re having a memory issue.
As the name suggests, the memory management error relates to the computer’s memory, which can be a physical problem with the installed RAM. The Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool can help discover if this is the root of the problem.
When Windows restarts, it will tell you if there is something wrong with your memory. If there is, then you’ll have to either replace the RAM yourself or send back your computer if it’s under warranty.
Step 3: Run SFC Scanner
SFC Scanner is a Microsoft tool for detecting various problems with your system and running it seems to have solved some people’s memory management woes. Once again, this step should also be performed in Safe Mode like Step 1 and Step 2 above.
- In the Cortana search bar, type “cmd” without quotes, then click on “Run as administrator” in the right panel for the Command Prompt. You can’t use the right-click Start Menu option anymore since Powershell replaced Command Prompt.
- Once the Command Prompt opens, type “sfc/scannow” without quotes and press “Enter.”
SFC Scanner will now run through your system, seeing if it finds any disk errors to fix. Even if it doesn’t find anything, some users have found that their computers play nicer after a full scan.
Note: It is best to perform two or three rounds of scanning since the process doesn’t always detect anything on the first attempt or fixes something else and needs to find more issues.
Step 4: Look for Software Problems
Software problems are a little more challenging to pin down. Still, if the memory management error is a relatively new phenomenon, you could try undoing some of your recent software installations to see if it fixes the problem.
Specific pieces of software often link to memory management errors. You can try disabling and re-enabling newer software to see if that fixes the BSOD, or you can reload Windows 10 entirely (although this is a nuclear option).
Isolating and correcting a software issue or even a corrupted file can take a while, but it’s certainly worth it if you’re not entirely sure you’re experiencing a hardware failure.
Step 5: Update Your Graphics Card Drivers
One of the most common causes of the memory management error in Windows 10 is outdated or broken graphics card drivers. This scenario makes sense, especially since the graphics card has memory too. If you’re not running the latest version, try installing the newest available.
If you already have the latest drivers, try the “uninstall/reinstall” method. Sometimes, a driver is broken or corrupt but goes undetected. The drivers you need will depend on your graphics card, of course. Windows 10 will be able to tell you what you have in your system, but it’s likely to be onboard Intel graphics or something from Nvidia or AMD. External video cards have more memory than onboard graphics, and they are more prone to overheating.
Visit the website of the manufacturer and download any updates to get your system working correctly again.
Step 6: Upgrade Your PC’s Hardware
Depending on the results of your troubleshooting adventures, it may be time to upgrade some of your system’s hardware. As software and PC technology progress, so does the hardware requirements.
Before rushing out to buy new hardware, check to ensure that everything in the case is seated correctly. Perhaps you recently moved your machine, and something came loose, or your hardware could use a thorough cleaning.
If it’s a machine that you’ve built or one that is out-of-warranty, it’s time to look for new components to get your computer up and running again. It may be an opportunity for a new graphics card, or you may need more RAM. Whatever the case, if you’ve tried everything above and the issue persists, it’s likely hardware related.