What Causes the Low Resources Warning in SOLIDWORKS?

Article by GoEngineer on Feb 03, 2014

There are a couple of reasons why you may get the low resources warning in SOLIDWORKS that reads, "SOLIDWORKS has detected that your system resources are running low. It is recommended that you close some applications to free additional resources. Those reasons are low RAM and GDI objects limit. We'll dive deeper into what causes this warning here. 

solidworks low resources warning

Low RAM

The SOLIDWORKS System Requirements states at least 8GB of RAM or more is recommended. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM; therefore, if you have less, you may want to consider adding more.

To check your system's RAM

  1. Start>Right-click Computer>Select Properties

    how to check your computers RAM
    installed memory (RAM)

GDI Objects Limit

Windows has a default limit of 10,000 GDI Objects per process. Therefore, if SOLIDWORKS reaches that limit, it will shut down. Opening, working in, and closing files can cause the GDI (Graphics Device Interface) objects to increase. They do not always get released when closing, and you end up needing to restart the program when the GDI Objects reach their limit.

There are a couple of options to alleviate this warning:

  • Monitor GDI Objects in Windows Task Manager
  • Change the GDI objects limit

Monitor GDI Objects in Windows Task Manager

By having the Windows Task Manager open while working in SOLIDWORKS, you can monitor SOLIDWORKS’ GDI objects.

  • Open Windows Task Manager
    • Right-click taskbar > Select Start Task Manager
  • View GDI Objects
    • View > Select Columns > Checkmark GDI Objects > Click OK

      Monitor GDI Objects in Windows Task Manager

Change GDI Objects Limit

Increasing the limit provides more GDI Objects per process.

  • Start > Type “Regedit” in the search bar
  • Right-click “Regedit” and select “Run as Administrator”
  • Locate:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows > Double-click GDIProcessHandleQuota

      Change GDI Objects Limit in SOLIDWORKS

  • Edit:
    • Base:
      • Select Decimal
    • Value Data:
      • This value can be set to a number between 256 and 65,536. Setting the value between 20,000-30,000 will be sufficient.
      • Windows 2000 operating system, this value can be set to a number between 256 and 16,384.

edit DWORD Value in SOLIDWORKS

I hope you found this article helpful. For more SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks check out the links below.

SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Fix SOLIDWORKS System Resources Running Low

Missing Cosmetic Threads and How to Fix Them in SOLIDWORKS

How to Use the Import Diagnostics Tool in SOLIDWORKS

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