"Insufficient available memory to meet the expected demands of an operation at this time, possibly due to virtual address space fragmentation" error message in Visual Studio 2010

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to use the Cut command or the Copy command on a small or moderate amount of text in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, you receive the following error message: 
Insufficient available memory to meet the expected demands of an operation at this time, possibly due to virtual address space fragmentation. Please try again later.
However, the operating system has enough available memory to complete the operation.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

To download this hotfix from the MSDN Code Gallery, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB2251084

Note The MSDN Code Gallery displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language listed, it is because the Code Gallery resource page is not available for that language.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note You can also download this hotfix from the following Microsoft website:
http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=29729

Prerequisites

You must have Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply the hotfix if no instance of Visual Studio is being used. 

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Microsoft.visualstudio.platform.vseditor.dll10.0.30319.3281,716,11221-Jun-201009:12x86

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

Even if you have this hotfix installed, you may still receive a similar error message when you use the Cut command or the Copy command on a large amount of text if the available memory is insufficient. However, the hotfix guarantees that Visual Studio 2010 checks the available memory before reporting the error. After you install the hofix, the frequency in which you receive the error message decreases significantly.

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Article ID: 2251084 - Last Review: July 28, 2010 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
Keywords: 
kbqfe kbfix kbexpertiseadvanced kbsurveynew KB2251084

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