How to Fix the Memory Management Error in Windows 10
“Memory_Management.” Those are the two most unhelpful words Microsoft suggests you search for should you run into a particularly infuriating BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error while running Windows 10. But how do you fix the memory management issue?
The first step in fixing any computer problem is isolating the source of the problem so you know what to fix. With Window’s ominous errors such as this one, it may be difficult to know where to begin.
Basic troubleshooting is important for finding the solution to fixing your memory management error. Let’s take a look at what you can do to get this fixed.
The first thing you can do to isolate the issue is to run your system in Safe Mode. Essentially this shuts down any processes the computer doesn’t really need to run. If the memory_management error ceases then we know it isn’t hardware but rather something has gone awry in the software (likely a patch in an updated). To boot your system in Safe Mode, do this:
Step 1Use the Win+R keyboard shortcut and type “msconfig” then hit enter.
Step 2Tap the ‘Boot’ tab in the upper section of the screen.
Step 3Select ‘Safe Boot’
Next, check your system’s hardware. Using the Windows+R keyboard combination type “mdsched.exe” and hit Enter. Select the option to run a check and restart your computer. Upon restart, you will receive a report letting you know if you’re having a hardware issue.
While there are a number of causes, here are some suggestions that have worked:
1. 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.
Right-click the Start button, and run ‘Command Prompt’ in admin mode. A slightly intimidating black text box will pop up. Type in ‘sfc/scannow’ and press ‘Enter’.
SFC Scanner will now run through your system, seeing if it finds any errors to fix. Let it play out – it may take some time. Even if it doesn’t seem to find anything, some users have found their computers play nicer after it has been allowed to run in full.
2. Check Windows’ Memory Diagnostic Tool
As the name suggests, the memory management error relates to the computer’s memory and that can be a physical problem with the RAM installed, too. Windows’ own Memory Diagnostic Tool can help discover if this is the root of the problem.
Search your PC for the ‘Windows Diagnostic Tool’ and select the ‘Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool.’ Click ‘Restart now’, and Windows will begin putting your RAM through its paces.
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.
3. Look for software problems
This one is a little more difficult to pin down, but 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.
Certain pieces of software have been linked with 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 corrupted file issue can take a while, but it’s certainly worth it if you’re not entirely sure you’re experiencing hardware failure.
4. Update your graphics card drivers
One of the most common causes of the memory management error in Windows 10 seems to be down to outdated or broken graphics card drivers. If you’re not running the latest version, try installing the newest available.
If you are, it probably wouldn’t hurt to uninstall them and try again. 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.
Visit the website of the manufacturer and download any updates to get your system working properly again.
5. Update your hardware
Lastly, and depending on the results of your troubleshooting, it may be time to update some of your system’s hardware. Perhaps you still have a warranty on your machine in which case you’ll want to contact the manufacturer.
Before rushing out to buy new hardware, check to ensure that everything in the case is seated properly. Perhaps you recently moved your machine and something came loose, or your hardware could use a thorough cleaning. Check inside the machine first if you can.
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 time for a new graphics card, or you need more RAM. Whatever the case, if you’ve tried everything above and the issue persists, it’s likely hardware related.