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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315854/EN-US/ )Windows 98 and Windows Me Error Message Resource Center
In Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), when you use the System Configuration utility (Msconfig.exe) to limit memory to 8 MB or less, you may receive one of the following error messages when you start your computer:
While initializing device IOS. Error: An I/O subsystem driver failed to load. Either a file in the .\iosubsys subdirectory is corrupt or the system is low on memory. System halted.
While initializing device IOS. Error: Real mode system memory allocation failed. System halted.
VFAT Device Initialization Failed
A device or resource required by VFAT is not present or is unavailable. VFAT cannot continue loading. System Halted.
This issue occurs because Windows Me requires at least 32 MB of memory.
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
This behavior may occur if the total amount of RAM remaining on your computer after Windows Me is installed is 16 MB or less. You may use Msconfig to limit memory usage to less than 32 MB for the purpose of troubleshooting RAM.
To troubleshoot memory in Windows Me, use the memory troubleshooter. To start the memory troubleshooter, follow these steps:
For additional information about how to troubleshoot memory issues, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/134503/EN-US/ )Parity Error Messages May Indicate Bad Memory