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Windows 7: Too many other files are currently in use by 16-bit programs. Win7

12 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Too many other files are currently in use by 16-bit programs. Win7


Some weeks ago, I was having problems with my USB ports, so I went to device manager and uninstalled USB drivers to let windows reinstall them on startup. Since then, I have been having problems with opening device manager. This problem only occurs occasionally, so I am not quite sure what program is causing it, but it only seems to affect device manager. When the problem occurs, I try to open device manager but no program opens. Following this, the start menu becomes frozen and unresponsive, but Windows itself seems to work. When I shut down, the following error message pops up:

Too many other files are currently in use by 16-bit programs. Exit one or more 16 bit programs or increase the value of the FILES command in your config,sys file

This is happening on the background of a recent clean install of Windows 7 professional 64bit on my laptop (ASUS G53J). Can anyone help with this problem please?

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17 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Hi There, just wondering if you had any success with this?

I am having the exact same issue. Windows 7 Home 64bit
Anything to do with UAC in locks up and can't click or anything.
We encountered the issue when we couldn't' plug a iPhone to iTunes. it will try to install the drivers and fail.

Then when we shutdown it will display the error.

Any help would be much appreciated!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

I'm still having this problem unfortunately, need help as I am having trouble installing drivers
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Too many other files are currently in use by 16-bit programs. Win7

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