Close programs to prevent information loss message in Windows 10

I recently received this Close programs to prevent information loss pop up while I was working on my Windows 10 laptop and was wondering why this happened. It appears that this happens when you have low memory problems. Although I have a powerful laptop with a 16GB RAM I faced this message a couple of times recently.

Close programs to prevent information loss

close programs to prevent information loss

Well maybe some processes were running and this was causing low memory issues on my computer, as a result of which there was a performance loss and consequently this pop-up notification appeared. When this happens, your programs could well start responding slowly as well as face display problems.

Such low memory problems occur can when your computer runs out of RAM and becomes low on virtual memory. It can also occur if some of your closed programs are not releasing the memory, resulting in a memory leak.

When this happens, to prevent programs from stopping, Windows notifies you that your computer is low on memory and that you need to close some programs or you may receive a Your system is low on virtual memory message.

Sure, you should close some programs right away in order to avoid data loss, but you cannot do this all the time.

The best thing to do then is to ensure that you have the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives setting enabled. This is the default setting, but you should confirm that this has not been changed.

You will find it in the Control Panel > System Properties> Performance Settings button > Performance Options > Advanced tab > Change Virtual Memory button.


If this does not help and you face this issue often, you may want to consider installing more RAM or increasing the size of your Page File or Virtual Memory.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

One Comment

  1. YourDaddyCJ

    whenever I open GTA V i get this and have to close it. I have 32GB of RAM how can this happen ?

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