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Windows 7: MsConfig booted with too much ram and now pc crashes on startup

17 Jan 2014   #1

MsConfig booted with too much ram and now pc crashes on startup

I had max 8gb ram and i used msconfig > boot options > advanced boot options > maximum memory to max out the full 8gb ram so my computer would use all of it and now I get the blue screen of death every time is try to start up... start up repair only tells me to start system recovery so I would lose all of my files but I dont want that to happen. Any help on how I can get my desktop to work again without doing recovery??

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19 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Follow the links in this tutorial: System Restore

Doing a System Restore from the Recovery Console or Install Media should get you going again.
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20 Jan 2014   #3


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Follow the links in this tutorial: System Restore

Doing a System Restore from the Recovery Console or Install Media should get you going again.
Dude I can't get past the loading window screen so how do u expect me to get to recovery console... I basically increased the ram to max in msconfig and it crashes before starting up every time cuz the ram went above its limit, which was 7.5gb for my 8gb total, and now I can't change it back.

I think I'll just have to go get more than 8gb ram to increase it cuz Microsoft's software can't repair this -.-"
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20 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 10 Pro X64

Sure you can. From the link I gave you:

To Do a System Restore at Boot using System Recovery Options

All you need is your Windows 7 install disc. If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file. Just be careful during the install not to accidentally install some of the bundled junk that comes with it. Always take The Custom Install option.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.


The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
  1. Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3
  2. Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  3. Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  4. Select your USB flash drive
  5. Click Create
For techies or folks who work on computers:

Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
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20 Jan 2014   #5

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Can you not boot into safe mode and change either the msconfig or run SFC and chkdsk?? Another simple thing would be to take out a stick and try if it still does it with that one stick in then swap it out and use the other if this doesn't work then try one of these.
5 Bootable AntiVirus Rescue CD for Windows: Free Download As Ztruker says you will need another machine to make the disk.
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