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Computer Hangs During Shutdown or Displays a "Cannot Find Enough Free Resources" Error Message

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article was previously published under Q314101
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For a Microsoft Windows 2000 version of this article, see 262575.
You may experience any of the following symptoms:
  • After you click Start, click Shut Down, and then click either Restart or Shut down in the Shut Down Windows dialog box, the computer may begin to shut down but then stop responding (hang). When this occurs, the computer stops at a blank screen. The mouse pointer is displayed, but you cannot move it. The computer does not respond either to mouse movements or to keyboard input.
  • If your floppy disk drive is not present in My Computer, the Standard Floppy Disk Controller device in Device Manager may display the following error status:
    This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12)
  • The following STOP error message may appear when you shut down from Safe mode:
    STOP 0x0000009F
This behavior can occur if you have PACE InterLok anti-piracy software installed on your computer. InterLok installs the Tpkd.sys driver, which uses the same IRQ as the Standard Floppy Disk Controller device.
To resolve this behavior, visit the following PACE Web site:Download the latest driver, unzip the file, and install the driver.
InterLok is a toolset for protecting, distributing, and selling software electronically via the Internet.

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