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Error Message: Insufficient Memory to Initialize Windows
Article ID: 184447 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q184447
If your computer has 1 gigabyte (GB) or more of random-access memory (RAM) installed, Windows may not start. Also, when you try to start your computer, you may receive the following error message:
Insufficient memory to initialize Windows.
Quit one or more memory-resident programs or remove unnecessary utilities from your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files, and restart your computer.
This behavior may also occur during Windows Setup, or when you try to start Windows for the first time.
To work around this issue, add the following line to the [386enh] section of the System.ini file:
This limits the amount of physical RAM that Windows can access to 768 MB. To do so, use the following steps:
If this problem occurs during Windows Setup, use the following steps to resolve the issue: