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windows error message: "Windows is low on memory ,. . . .

I get the following message only when trying to open MS Publisher:

"Windows is low on memory, or your hard disk is full. Try closing other programs and freeing up some space on your hard disk before starting Publisher."

This message comes even though nothing else is open. All other programs, even large ones, open fine. In fact, with 1 Gig of ram, multiple programs can be open without problem.




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I saw this at Microsoft

"These problems occur when Microsoft Windows is configured to manage virtual memory, which is the default setting. When you attempt to start one of the Office programs, Windows attempts to load the program into RAM. If there is not enough RAM available, Windows attempts to make RAM available by moving code from RAM to the hard disk (virtual memory). In low disk space situations, Windows may not be able to claim enough hard disk space for this operation to be successful. In this case, you may receive the error messages described in this article."

The page is here;

Although you said you have plenty of memory, you didn't mention hard disk space.

Maybe that's the problem?


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Windows err


Thanks for the response. I do have plenty of HD memory (160 GIg, using only 50 GIg). I had used the program many times previously, but now that I'm thinking about it, I switched HD's and used Ghost to copy from the smaller to the larger. This is the first time to use Publisher since then. Could that be part of the problem? If so, what to do? Thanks.

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Virtual Memory

There are 2 problems that contribute to my low mem. I don't clean my temp files often enough and the virtual memory allocation is always too low. When I take care of these, I don't get the error messages. Paint Shop Pro e.g. uses a tremendous amount of memory for all the open windows and partial saves if you just keep opening new files and keep working-saving-working-saving which happens automatically. I suspect that there are quite a few programs that do that. Even IE6 gets up to a few hundred Mbs.

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windows error message

I decided to do a "repair install" which comes with the program and that worked! Thanks for helping me process this.

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Not sure what we did

to help, but I'm glad you got it fixed, Happy


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