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"Out of Memory" Error Message Starting Internet Explorer

This article was previously published under Q134362
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When you try to start Internet Explorer, you may receive thefollowing error message:
Error: Out of memory. Close some programs, and then try again.
This problem can occur if virtual memory has been disabled.
To enable virtual memory, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the System icon.
  3. On the Performance tab, click Virtual Memory.
  4. Click the "Let Windows manage my virtual memory settings (recommended)" option. Or, if you must use your own virtual memory settings, allow as much space as possible for the maximum size.
  5. Click OK.
If virtual memory is disabled, Internet Explorer (and other programsthat create large temporary files) may not start or may generateerror messages, even if there is enough RAM available. Such programscheck for the ability to create a swap file as needed and may not runif this cannot be done.

This error message can also occur if available disk space is low.

Article ID: 134362 - Last Review: 01/19/2007 13:27:44 - Revision: 2.2

  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Plus! 95 Standard Edition
  • KB134362