There Is Not Enough Memory To Complete This Operation

Quite often, you may come across this error, “Not enough memory available to complete this operation. Quit one or more applications to increase available memory, and then try again“, or “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.” This is a common error and it can be mainly due to two reasons.

It’s either because the extended partition of your machine is limited that does not allow you to create a new partition even if there’s free space, or because the memory is not being used in the correct manner. Are you installing software and apps, and saving data files to the system drive? That’s one example that you are not using the memory properly and rather filling up the drive. This is when you notice the error.

So, how do you fix this error? Let’s find out.


Solution 1 : Through System Properties


Step 1 – Press Windows key + R together to open run.

Step 2 – Write sysdm.cpl in it and click OK.

Sysdm Cpl System Properties Min

Step 3: In the next window, click on the Advanced tab, and under the Performance section, click on the Settings button.


System Properties Dialog Box Advanced Tab Performance Settings


Step 4: Next, in the Performance Options window, click on the Advanced tab again, and under the Virtual memory section, click on Change.


Performance Options Advanced Tab Virtual Memory Change


Step 5: In the Virtual Memory window, uncheck the box next to Automatically manage paging file size for all devices. Now, click the radio button next to the Custom size section and the Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB) fields get active.


Virtual Memory Automatically Manage Paging File Size For All Devices Custom Size


Step 6: Next, check the Total paging file size for all devices section below and check the Recommended size. Here’s it’s showing 1394 MB. Now, set the Initial size (MB) field under Custom size to 1394 as per the recommended size below. Also, set the Maximum size (MB) field to the same value, 1394.  Click the Set button, and press OK to save and exit.


Check Recommended Size Set Intitial Size Maximum Size Set


That’s it, now restart your computer for the changes to be effective and you should not experience the Not Enough Memory error anymore.

Solution 2 : Using SFC Command

1 – Search cmd in windows search box.

2 -Now, right click and choose run as adminstrator.

Cmd Admin Min

3 -Now, run the command givven below and hit enter key.


wait for the command to get executed to 100%.

3 thoughts on “There Is Not Enough Memory To Complete This Operation”

  1. You are super! Well explained solution and it worked, unlike the majority of Geeks who purport to know what they are talking about but actually just get folks hopes up then dash them.

  2. It can also just occur randomly. I experienced it after the computer returned from sleep mode. Opening any program returned the error and closing out everything and freeing up 2/3 of memory still resulted in the error. The solution was to kill Explorer.exe in Task Manager and then from Task Manager, choose “File”, “Run New Task” and type “explorer” to open a new Explorer desktop. Everything worked fine after that. Too bad I had already exited everything I had purposely been keeping open.

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