- You may be unable to open an MS-DOS session (or command prompt) while Windows is running. Attempts to do so may generate the following error message:There is not enough memory available to run this program.
Quit one or more programs, and then try again.
- The computer may stop responding (hang) while Windows is starting, or halt and display 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.
On computers with large amounts of RAM, the maximum cache size can be large enough that Vcache consumes all of the addresses in the system arena, leaving no virtual memory addresses available for other functions such as opening an MS-DOS prompt (creating a new virtual machine).
- Use the MaxFileCache setting in the System.ini file to reduce the maximum amount of memory that Vcache uses to 512 megabytes (524,288 KB) or less. For additional information about how to use the MaxFileCache setting, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:108079 32-Bit File Access Maximum Cache Size
- Use the System Configuration utility to limit the amount of memory that Windows uses to 512 megabytes (MB) or less.For additional information about how to use the System Configuration utility, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:181966 System Configuration Utility Advanced Troubleshooting Settings
- Reduce the amount of memory that is installed in your computer to 512 MB or less.
This problem may occur more readily with Advanced Graphics Port (AGP) video adapters because the AGP aperture is also mapped to addresses in the system arena. For example, if Vcache is using a maximum cache size of 800 MB and an AGP video adapter has a 128-MB aperture mapped, there is very little address space remaining for the other system code and data that must occupy this range of virtual addresses.
Article ID: 253912 - Last Review: Jun 19, 2014 - Revision: 1