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Windows 7: Error: "There is not enough free memory to run this program"

04 Apr 2011   #11
Jordan4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Hi, there. I've been having issues that align with the ones Metallicart had listed (i.e. no sound, error message stating "there is not enough free memory to run this program"), but I can open explorer. However, I can't open "My Computer", "Control Panel", "My Documents", "Recycle Bin" and who knows what else. When I try to, I get that error message.

I recently installed subinacl to get flash to install. And that's the only thing I can think of that could have caused the issue. I had no problems before I installed that.

I'm working on a newer Dell with 4GB of memory, 32 bit, Windows 7 Professional.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thank you.


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04 Apr 2011   #12
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metallicart View Post
i'd feel stupid if i wasn't so happy it's working again : D

i checked and reapplied several times: System, Administrator and my user account all had access to CLASSES_ROOT and it still wouldn't work...

now i tried something i considered silly and of course grasping at straws - i reset the accessibility for "Benutzer" (german for Users) to full as well - i thought, as i'm the only user IN here, i would have taken care of all the user accounts that mattered - apparently not >.< : D

and THIS resolved all the problems - as weird as it seems (to me that is)
_____________________________________

so if you experience problems like
-No Sound (device not even recognized)
-Windows Explorer won't work correctly
-you get the error "There is not enough free memory to run this program" when that clearly isn't the case
-You can't log on to MSN


it is likely you have a security conflict in your registry - that much i knew
but the solution seems quite simple after all:

Make sure that System and Users (and just to make sure maybe Administrators and your account name too) have more or less unrestricted access to the registry hive "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\"

to obtain that, you could try and make yourself the owner of that branch first, say okay, and in a seperate step, set the permissions after you're the owner.

but chances are you get loads of "access denied" errors and the whole thing aborts (classical windows -.-)
then, and only then, for Windows 7 32bit i recommend SetACL Command Line-Version (SetACL.exe) Syntax and Description | Helge Klein | Home of SetACL (NOT subinacl - that made everything worse for me)...
(if you're not sure how to configure, you can ask them, as of february 23rd 2011, they're active and replying to questions, or just ask me)

...can i mark this as solved somehow?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jordan4 View Post
Hi, there. I've been having issues that align with the ones Metallicart had listed (i.e. no sound, error message stating "there is not enough free memory to run this program"), but I can open explorer. However, I can't open "My Computer", "Control Panel", "My Documents", "Recycle Bin" and who knows what else. When I try to, I get that error message.

I recently installed subinacl to get flash to install. And that's the only thing I can think of that could have caused the issue. I had no problems before I installed that.

I'm working on a newer Dell with 4GB of memory, 32 bit, Windows 7 Professional.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thank you.
My first suggestion would be to use a restore point to go back to before you installed subinacl, that should effectively get rid of it.

If you do not have a restore point just uninstall it. Then go to the link metallicart recommended and use that.

Quote:
i recommend SetACL Command Line-Version (SetACL.exe) Syntax and Description | Helge Klein | Home of SetACL (NOT subinacl - that made everything worse for me)...
(if you're not sure how to configure, you can ask them, as of february 23rd 2011, they're active and replying to questions, or just ask me)
If you still have problems understanding ACLs send metallicart a visitors message (a VM)
Quote:
or just ask me
He may even return to this post, it depends on how his notifications are set.
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04 Apr 2011   #13
Jordan4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

It says that there's not enough storage to complete the system restore... I know I have plenty of storage. I also can't uninstall it because it's not saved to my desktop, and I can't access my control panel. I'll shoot him a message.
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04 Apr 2011   #14
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Did you go to: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery, and open System Restore?

You do not want to create one now you need to see if you have any earlier ones stored.
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04 Apr 2011   #15
Jordan4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Not to sound redundant, but I cannot access Control Panel. It gives me the error message when I try. So I simply search for "system recovery" and went that route. Thank you for your help, by the way.
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04 Apr 2011   #16
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Have you tried Safe Mode? Do not forget to check the Advanced options at the bottom of the tutorial.

If you get this rolling with metallicart you should start a new thread since this one is solved, but it would be nice if you left a referral link to your new thread.
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19 Sep 2011   #17
tongspy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i have same problem and try to restore but don't work.

what i do next? don't want to new install. a lot of progream to setup.
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20 Sep 2011   #18
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi tongspy, welcome to 7F

Have you tried metallicart's solution in post #4? If that does not work I would suggest starting your own thread, and make sure you offer a more descriptive explanation as to what your machine is doing.

A new thread will receive the full attention of the Forum, rather than just the four members here. You will be surprised at the quickness of a response, instead of waiting eleven hours, some may have already stopped their subscriptions to this thread.

I see you have added some of your System Specs, but you could enhance your System Specs. An easy way to do that is here: System Info - See Your System Specs
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21 Dec 2011   #19
jimmyb29

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Not Enough Memory To Open This Program

I was having the same problem as you. I found your solution to make sure that "All Users" was activated in the Registry, and BINGO! -- my system is working perfectly again!! Thanks so much,

Jimmyb
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15 Aug 2012   #20
erikgoss

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metallicart View Post
i'd feel stupid if i wasn't so happy it's working again : D

i checked and reapplied several times: System, Administrator and my user account all had access to CLASSES_ROOT and it still wouldn't work...

now i tried something i considered silly and of course grasping at straws - i reset the accessibility for "Benutzer" (german for Users) to full as well - i thought, as i'm the only user IN here, i would have taken care of all the user accounts that mattered - apparently not >.< : D

and THIS resolved all the problems - as weird as it seems (to me that is)
_____________________________________

so if you experience problems like
-No Sound (device not even recognized)
-Windows Explorer won't work correctly
-you get the error "There is not enough free memory to run this program" when that clearly isn't the case
-You can't log on to MSN

it is likely you have a security conflict in your registry - that much i knew
but the solution seems quite simple after all:

Make sure that System and Users (and just to make sure maybe Administrators and your account name too) have more or less unrestricted access to the registry hive "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\"

to obtain that, you could try and make yourself the owner of that branch first, say okay, and in a seperate step, set the permissions after you're the owner.

but chances are you get loads of "access denied" errors and the whole thing aborts (classical windows -.-)
then, and only then, for Windows 7 32bit i recommend SetACL Command Line-Version (SetACL.exe) Syntax and Description | Helge Klein | Home of SetACL (NOT subinacl - that made everything worse for me)...
(if you're not sure how to configure, you can ask them, as of february 23rd 2011, they're active and replying to questions, or just ask me)

...can i mark this as solved somehow?
I realize this thread is over a year old but I wanted to give this person credit where credit is due. I spent 6 horrible hours trying to fix my PC. Nothing I tried worked. Some solutions I tried gave me partial access. For example turning on the invisible admin account in command prompt safe mode worked, but nothing else worked in that configuration.

I tried registry cleaners, virus scanners, and anything else I could find to help me with my problem and nothing worked. It was indeed a security permissions problem with "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\". I caused this error myself trying to get rid of the MS Office infinite configuration error and I followed the steps from one of their "techs". Bad move let me tell you.

The solution called for applying security permissions to that registry folder so of course I did it for myself as an administrator thinking the same thing you did, that this would work and it didn't. Once I added all users to the security permissions my computer was once again functioning like before.

Thank you so much for figuring this out you are my hero! I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
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