If your computer is running too many applications or using system resources for other tasks, such as burning a DVD, you might see this error code. Device drivers that are not current can be another source of this error code message.
Because there could be multiple causes for this error message to begin with, you should start with the simplest solution to see if that resolves the issue. Running too many applications or using applications that are very resource intensive, such as photo or video editing programs, is often the reason you might see this error code. Try closing some applications to see if the error is resolved.
Insufficient memory may be causing error code 3 to occur on your computer. If you suspect that your computer needs more memory, taking it to a computer repair shop, or installing more memory by yourself if you are comfortable doing it, can be a standard resolution for this error code.
It might not be memory usage or lack of physical memory in your computer that is causing error code 3 to display on your PC. You may have outdated or corrupt device drivers loaded. If the error message happens when you are using a particular peripheral, such as a DVD drive, check the driver for that piece of hardware. You can also go to the hardware manufacturer's website to see if they have an updated version of the driver for your operating system.
Before you look for a new driver, try uninstalling and reinstalling the current driver. Try these steps to do so:
These steps may resolve Windows Error Code 3 without requiring you to download any new drivers.
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