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Many Windows users see the error message “Your computer is running low on resources” when they try to log in with an existing user account. Most of the users concerned report that this error message creates a loop – when they click on a user account to log in, they only get an OK button that takes them back to the previous screen. Without further intervention, the user has no way of accessing the accounts connected to that particular computer.
When a program starts running, it consumes space in the memory area reserved for system resources. However, when some programs drop out, they do not return the system resources they temporarily used. At some point, the system will crash when it runs out of memory. The crash sometimes occurs when you start and close several programs, even the same ones, without a regular restart. This is what Microsoft calls a resource or memory leak.
“Your system is running low on resources. You cannot log on as a new user. Please use an account that has already been logged on”
Changing Power Performance Settings
There is another similar cause of the problem. This is related to laptops, and it depends on how your computer is configured to respond before the laptop cover is closed. First of all, you MUST wait until you are connected to close your cover, do not close your cover while you are still connected because there is a good chance that this error will occur.
In addition, your laptop’s performance settings are probably set to put your computer in standby, or to sleep when the cover is closed. So if you’re really looking forward to closing your cover before disconnecting, you should make some changes to your power management settings. That’s exactly what you have to do:
- Go to Search, enter the power options and open the power options.
- Choose what the cover closure is for.
- Select Do nothing when the cover is closed.
Run the DISM tool.
To execute DISM, proceed as follows:
Run the command prompt as an administrator.
Enter the following command:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup – Image /scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup – Image /Health restoration
NOTE: The analysis may take some time to complete. Don’t cancel.
Install any pending Windows updates
Because the problem can also be caused by a Windows 10 malfunction caused by a broken Windows update that essentially makes the system believe that the available resources are not sufficient to configure a new user account. Fortunately, Microsoft was quick enough to solve the problem with the release of a patch. From now on, it will be automatically installed on each activated version of Windows 10.
By ensuring that you install all pending Windows 10 updates, you eliminate the possibility that this problem may occur due to a broken update.
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