A blue screen of death can appear when memory management goes wrong. What causes this issue? Is there a way to fix it? I will cover the most reliable solutions for memory management BSOD in this article.
What Is Memory Management
Memory management takes control and coordinate computer memory, assigning blocks to various running programs to optimize the overall system performance.
Since memory management plays an important role in operating system running, when it gets in trouble, you will encounter a blue screen of death.
Possible Causes of Stop Code Memory Management Errors
Usually, stop code memory management errors is closely related to hardware failure, software failure and firmware issues. Here are some causes of stop code memory management errors.
- Fault in RAM.
- Corrupted file system.
- Software or hardware conflict.
- Outdated hardware.
- Disk errors.
- Error in BIOS.
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10 Solutions to Fix Stop Code Memory Management in Windows
Stop code memory management error appears on your computer? How to solve this issue? Here are 10 solutions to fix memory management error. Be aware that these methods should be carried out only when you are able to get into Windows 10 after a reboot.
Solution 1: Use Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
After receiving the memory management error, you can use Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to test what is going wrong in your computer.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows+R’ to launch Run dialog window, then type ‘mdsched.exe’ in the box and hit the Enter key to run Windows Memory Diagnostic tool.
Step 2: In the Memory Diagnostic interface, you have two options for checking memory problems: Restart now and check for problems (recommended) & Check for problems the next time I start my computer. Choose the first option to continue.
Step 3: After that, the pop-up window will close and your computer will reboot immediately. Wait for a moment, Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool interface will show up and automatically test memory problems.
Step 4: This might take a few minutes, just wait until the process completes. The test results will be displayed again after you log on. Then the computer will go back to the Windows desktop.
Note: Before clicking Restart now and check for problems, please save your work and close any open programs for data security.
Solution 2: Check and Fix the File System
MiniTool Partition Wizard is an excellent partition manager software. With it, you can fix the file system quickly.
Step 1: Download and install Partition Wizard Free. Then run it and get access to its main interface.
Step 2: In this interface, all the drives are listed in here. Choose the system drive and tap Check File System in the left panel.
Step 3: Choose Check & fix detected errors option, click the Start button to perform the operation.
Solution 3: Scan and Repair Disk Errors
Most of time, memory management errors are caused by hardware failure like bad sectors. In this case, running Chkdsk may repair this kind of blue screen of death. Here’s how to scan and repair disk by Chkdsk.
Step 1: Type ‘Command Prompt’ in Cortana Search Box, and right-click on Command Prompt. In the pop-up menu, select Run as administrator option to enter its main interface.
Step 2: Type the command ‘chkdsk c: /f /r’ to scan and repair disk errors in C drive. Then hit the Enter key to continue.
Step 3: You will see the information ‘Chkdsk cannot run because the drive is used by another process’. Type ‘y’ behind (Y/N), the next time you boot the operating system, Chkdsk will automatically scan and repair bad sectors. Then hit the Enter key.
Solution 4: Clean Temporary Files and Folders
Sometimes, temporary files and folders would affect your computer’s running speed and lead to some memory management errors. Thus, it’s necessary to delete those junk files by Disk Cleanup utility.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows+R’ and type ‘cleanmgr’ in the Run dialog box. Then hit the Enter key to access Disk Cleanup.
Step 2: Select the system drive to clean up and click on OK.
Step 3: In the Disk Cleanup window, all occupied space the files taken by temporary files are listed here. Now check files you want to delete and click on OK.
Step 4: In the pop-up window, it will ask you ‘Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files.’ Then tap on Delete Files to execute the operation. This might take several minutes to finish its operation.
Solution 5: Increase Virtual Memory Manually
Windows 10 memory usage close to full may cause memory management issues. Form this point of view, adding virtual memory may solve this problem.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows+R’ to launch Run dialog box, input the command ‘sysdm.cpl’ in the box and tap OK to access System Properties.
Step 2: In the System Properties window, tap Advanced in the toolbar. Then click Settings under Performance.
Step 3: In the Performance Options window, tap Advanced in the toolbar. Then click on Change option under Virtual memory.
Step 4: In the Virtual Memory window, for adding virtual memory, you need to uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives first. Then select the system drive and choose Custom size option. Finally, set the proper values in the boxes of Initialize size (MB) and Maximum size (MB).
Tip: I personally recommend not to choose the No paging file option.
Solution 6: Update Windows 10
If you are still running an outdated OS, you need to update it right now because the latest updates improve the system’s stability and fix bugs.
Step 1: Hold the Windows key and press the I key to open Settings. In the Settings window, click on Update & Security to access it.
Step 2: On Windows Update page, click on Check for updates. If you do not update to the most recent version of Windows 10, it will update Windows 10 automatically. After finishing the update, you need to reboot your computer and check if memory management error is fixed or not in the coming days.
Solution 7: Perform Startup Repair
If you cannot access your desktop to execute any mentioned-above operations, you need to create an installation media to reboot your computer. Then perform Startup Repair to help Windows 10 start normally.
Step 1: Connect USB installation media to the computer, start the computer and set the computer boot from USB installation media to access WinRE. Then click on Repair your computer and tap on Troubleshoot.
Step 2: On this page, click on Advanced options.
Step 3: Next, in the Advanced options window, tap on Startup Repair option.
Step 4: Choose an account to continue and input the password to start to repair your computer.
Step 5: Then you will see the Start Repair tool diagnose your PC and try to repair it. This might take a while to complete the operation.
If Start Repair couldn’t run, you can try other advanced options like Reset your computer, command prompt etc.
Solution 8: Restore System
If you have created a restore point before memory management happens, you can try system restore to solve this issue.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows+R’ key to open the Run dialog box. Then type ‘sysdm.cpl’ in this box and click on OK to access System Properties.
Step 2: In the System Properties window, switch to System Protection tab and tap on the System Restore option to undo system changes.
Step 3: In the System Restore window, click Next to go on. Then select the restore point you like and tap on Next.
- System restore would uninstall programs you recently installed.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to check if some important programs would affect. If there’s program you want to keep, you’d better back up them before restoring the system.
Step 4: Your computer will be restored to the previous restore point you chose. Then click on Finish to confirm your restore point.
Tip: To avoid data loss, before confirming your restore point, please save any open files and close all programs.
Step 5: In the pop-up window, it informs you ‘Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted’ and tap on Yes to continue. Then the computer will reboot to perform these changes automatically.
Solution 9: Reset Windows 10
If you have not created a system restore point before, resetting Windows 10 may help you.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + I’ to enter the Settings interface. Then find out Update & Security option and tap on the option to access its interface.
Step 2: On this page, find out Recovery option from the left panel. Then tap on Get Started under Reset this PC.
Step 3: In the Reset this PC window, there are two options: Keep my files and Remove everything. Choose Keep my files option to removes apps and settings and click on it.
Step 4: You will see the list of apps to be removed. If you want to reinstall some apps later, you can capture a picture. Then click on Next to remove your apps.
Step 5: If you are ready to reset this PC, tap on Reset to perform the operation. After finishing resetting process, your computer will restart automatically.
Solution 10: Replace the System Drive
If you keep receiving the memory management error after trying the above solutions, maybe there is something wrong with your system drive. Therefore, you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard to migrate the system disk and reinstall Windows 10.
Step 1: Prepare a new hard disk and connect it to your computer. Then download, install and run MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 2: Highlight the system disk and click on Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard option in the left panel.
Step 3: Follow the wizard to choose the new disk as the target disk, confirm the copy option, read the notice and finally click the Apply button. For detailed progress, read Easily Migrate Windows 10 to SSD without Reinstalling OS Now.
With all data migrated to the new disk, now you can go to the Windows 10 reinstall progress. Here is what you need to do:
- Prepare a Windows 10 installation disk. If you do not have one, you need to create one.
- Connect the new disk to your computer and make sure it is successfully recognized by BIOS. Then boot your computer using the Windows 10 installation media.
- Follow the installation guide to reinstall Windows 10. Note that you should choose the original system drive to install Windows 10. In this way, you can keep data on the rest of the partitions intact.
When your computer encounter stop code memory management, just give these solutions a try. If you have other tried and true strategies on memory management errors, just share your comments.