If you keep coming across “Windows successfully diagnosed a low virtual memory condition” in Event Viewer, the size of the paging file is at fault and you should increase it. Other solutions include running SFC and DISM scan, defragment your drive and so on. Continue reading to learn what you must do to get the most of your Windows computer.
If your PC reports low virtual memory, there is a good chance that the size of the paging file is no longer sufficient. For your information, Windows sets the minimum size of the paging file so it matches the RAM plus 300MB. In times of need, Windows users could increase the size of the paging file to a maximum of three times the RAM.
In layman’s terms, system files affect various aspects of Windows and virtual memory is not an exception. If system files get corrupted, it’s only natural for “Windows successfully diagnosed a low virtual memory condition” to appear in Event Viewer.
As time passes by, disks could become fragmented as a result of files as well pieces of files being scattered everywhere. Fragmentation degrades the performance of disks and low virtual memory is one of the consequences. You have been using your computer for a long time? In that case, you should take fragmentation into account.
Solution 1: Increase The Size Of The Paging File
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Advanced System and press Enter.
- Step 2: In Advanced tab of System Properties, hit Settings under Performance.
- Step 3: Go to Advanced tab of Performance Options then hit Change under Virtual memory.
- Step 4: Uncheck the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” box.
- Step 5: Select your drive, choose Custom size and enter values to your liking. Next, hit Set, click Apply and pick OK to save the changes. Last but not least, restart your computer.
Solution 2: Run SFC And DISM Scan
Before you run the SFC file checker, Windows 8 to 10 recommends that you first run the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM).
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
- Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the command sfc /scannow to perform SFC scan.
- Step 3: When the SFC scan completes, proceed to run each of the following commands to perform DISM scan.
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Step 4: Close Command Prompt
- Step 5: Restart your computer.
Solution 3: Defragment Disk
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Defragment and press Enter.
- Step 2: Select your disk then choose Analyze disk.
- Step 3: If the fragmentation is above 10%, hit Optimize.
- Step 4: After the process finishes, restart your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Virtual Memory Affect Multitasking?
No, it won’t affect your ability to multitask as hard drive access is slower than RAM in most of the cases. If you seek optimal performance, you should consider increasing RAM, moving to SSD, …
How Do I Know Which RAM Is Good?
While shopping for memory sticks, check out both capacity and speed. Also, you should get used to the differences between form factors like SO-DIMM and DIMM. Aside from that, 16GB is the minimum if you wish to play modern games.
Which Upgrade Is More Important: RAM or SSD?
RAM lets you keep more stuff open at once but SSD helps you load everything faster. Hence, both are best for optimal performance. Thus, programs load slower if you opt for RAM. On the other hand, if you go for SSD, you won’t be able to open multiple programs at the same time. In the end, it all comes down to what you like.