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? 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. On Microsoft’s own forum, DHyatt 974 explains how disabling a rogue modem in his Device Manager solved the problem completely. Elsewhere, John Maggs explained that uninstalling the Gigabyte Energy Saver program fixed the issue for him, while in the same thread, Roy Mapes found that a conflict between two Open File Management programs was prompting the error.

Dig around, and see if you can find similar conflicts on your computer.

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.


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