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Not enough free memory to run this program

by AGM / December 1, 2004 11:04 AM PST

After about 4-5 minutes on my computer, I get the following error message: There is not enough free memory to run this program. I have HP Pavilion 133 Mhz with 384mb RAM installed, Windows ME.

On the microsoft support website, it states:

When you try to start Windows or a program in Windows, you may receive an error message indicating that there is not enough memory to do so.
This behavior can occur if there is not enough real and virtual memory to start the Windows shell or the program.
Start your computer to a command prompt and free some space on the hard disk on which the swap file is located. Once you free space on your hard disk, restart Windows normally and try to run the program again. To start your computer to a command prompt, follow the steps in the appropriate section below:
Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Use your Windows Me startup disk to start to a command prompt.

I have a start up disk, but it doesn't say any more about the specific procedure to free up memory and resolve the problem????? I need details, if possible.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Not enough free memory to run this program
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2004 11:22 AM PST

Read the Optimizing Windows and Memory articles at

If this is Microsoft Word, find and delete

In closing, remove all spyware (articla at link above).


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Re: Not enough free memory to run this program
by AlphaTango / December 3, 2004 12:15 AM PST

First off all, you have to be very careful when using the boot disk. If you're unsure and make a mistake it can seriously damage your harddrive. Be sure to read the help file on it.

To access the command prompt, insert the disk and reboot your computer. However, if you have 4 or 5 minutes before the error is displayed, you can free up your memory in windows. Simply erase all the stuff you don't need anymore. The other problem may be your paging file size. I need some more information before I can help you.

First, how long does it take your computer to start?
Second, How much free space do you have on your harddrive?

So to recap, let me know about those answers. Also try and erase all the old garabage on your computer that you no longer need.

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