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Cannot Start Windows or Programs in Windows

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When you try to start Windows or a program in Windows, you may receive anerror message indicating that there is not enough memory to do so.
This behavior can occur if there is not enough real and virtual memory tostart the Windows shell or the program.
Start your computer to a command prompt and free some space on thehard disk on which the swap file is located. Once you free space onyour hard disk, restart Windows normally and try to run the programagain. To start your computer to a command prompt, follow the steps inthe appropriate section below:

Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

Use your Windows Me startup disk to start to a command prompt.

Windows 95

Restart your computer. When you see the "Starting Windows 95" message,press the F8 key, and then choose Command Prompt Only.

Windows 98

Restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after yourcomputer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then chooseCommand Prompt Only from the Startup menu. For more informationabout Windows 98 startup, see the following article in the MicrosoftKnowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 178548
TITLE : No "Starting Windows 98" Message at Startup
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If you try to start a program on a computer that has 4 megabytes (MB) ofrandom access memory (RAM) and less than 8 MB of free space on the harddisk containing the swap file, you may be unable to shutdown and restartyour computer normally. In this case, you must press CTRL+ALT+DEL to openthe Close Program dialog box, and then click Shut Down to shut downWindows.

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