System issues

Q304943: Computer May Reboot Continuously with More Than 1.5 GB of RAM
If your computer has more than 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of memory (RAM), the computer may reboot continuously when you try to start Windows Millennium Edition (Me) or Windows 98. Or, when you try to install Windows Me or Windows 98 with more than 1.5 GB of RAM installed, Setup may stop responding (hang) or reboot continuously.
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Troubleshooting Windows start and restart Problems

Links for troubleshooting Windows 9.x  start and restart Problems.

Q264938 – How to Examine Detailed Error Messages in Windows Millennium Edition

Windows Millennium Edition (Me) error messages do not display component and register information by default. When an error occurs, you see a dialog box with following information…

How to Remove Programs from the “Open With” List

When you right-click a registered file type, you can use the Open With command to select a program to open the file. Each program you use is added to the Open With list for that file type, even if the program you are using is unable to open the selected file type. For example, if you select Microsoft Paint (SPaint.exe) in the Open With dialog box when you open a text document (a file with a .txt extension), the Paint program is listed in the Open With list for all text documents, even though Paint is unable to open text documents.

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Q258860 – How to Remove Programs from the Open With List

Microsoft Backup Tool Is Not Installed by Windows Millennium Edition

When you install Windows Millennium Edition (Me), the Microsoft Backup tool is missing from the list of available system tools during Setup. Also, after you install Windows Me, the Backup tool is missing from the list of installed system tools.

This issue occurs because Windows Me does not install the Backup tool.

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Q264541 – Microsoft Backup Tool Is Not Installed by Windows Millennium Edition.

ScanDisk Runs Even Though Windows Shut Down Correctly

Although Windows may seem to shut down correctly, ScanDisk may run the next time you start the computer.

During the shutdown process, the contents of the virtual cache are written to the destination device. If the destination device is an Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) hard disk, data may be written to the hard disk’s onboard cache but not to the disk itself. When this occurs, the data is lost from the cache when the computer turns off.

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Q273017 – ScanDisk Runs Even Though Windows Shut Down Correctly

Description of the System Restore Utility in Windows Millennium Edition

  • What is System Restore?

  • Monitored File Types

  • How to Start and Use System Restore

  • When Restore Points Are Created

  • When to Create and Use Manual Restore Points

  • The Data Store

  • Recovering from a Failed Restore Operation

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Q267951 – Description of the System Restore Utility in Windows Millennium Edition

“Out of Memory” Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed

If a computer that is running any of the versions of Windows listed above contains more than 512 megabytes (for example, 768 megabytes) of physical memory (RAM) installed, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms: You may be unable to open an MS-DOS session (or command prompt) while Windows is running. Attempts to do so may generate the following error message: There is not enough memory available to run this program. Quit one or more programs, and then try again. The computer may stop responding (hang) while Windows is starting, or halt and display the following error message: Insufficient memory to initialize windows. Quit one or more memory-resident programs or remove unnecessary utilities from your Config.sys and Autoexec.bat files, and restart your computer.

More information: Q253912 – Out of Memory Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed

Boot Disk: “Out of Memory” Error Message Occurs When You Try to Extract Cabinet Files with Minimal Boot Option

When you use the Minimal Boot option from the Microsoft Windows Millennium Startup disk to extract a cabinet file, you may receive an “out of memory while processing cabinet file” error message.

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Q261758 – Boot Disk Out of Memory Error Message Occurs When You Try to Extract Cabinet Files with Minimal Boot Option

How to Extract and Replace a Protected File in Windows Me

This article describes how to use the System Configuration Utility tool in Windows Millennium Edition (Me) to extract a file that is protected by the System File Protection feature.

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Q265371 – How to Extract and Replace a Protected File in Windows Me

Starting from the Windows Millennium Edition EBD Disables the Hibernation File

After you start a computer using the startup disk in Windows Millennium Edition (Me) the computer cannot resume from the hibernation it was sent into before starting from the Emergency Boot Disk (EBD).

Rather than restoring Windows to the exact point it was at when it went into hibernation, the computer will do a complete restart process as if it were just turned on. The previous system state (before hibernation) will not be restored and unsaved data may be lost.

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Q267594 – Starting from the Windows Millennium Edition EBD Disables the Hibernation File

Windows Millennium Edition and Real-Mode Functionality

Third parties have discussed how to restore some aspects of the Real-mode functionality in Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me). The use of third-party methods is neither recommended nor supported as Windows Me has not been tested with nor designed to run with Real-mode terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) drivers.

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Q272488 – Windows Millennium Edition and Real-Mode Functionality

Q146904 – Error Loading GDI.EXE

You may experience either of the following symptoms: When you start Windows, you may receive the following error message: Error loading GDI.EXE. You must reinstall Windows. When you start Windows, it may stop responding (hang). The Bootlog.txt file shows a “loadfail” status for all font files.

Q181966 – System Configuration Utility Advanced Troubleshooting Settings

This article describes the advanced troubleshooting settings in the System Configuration Utility tool: Disable System ROM Breakpoint, Disable Virtual HD IRQ, EMM Exclude A000-FFFF, Force Compatibility Mode Disk Access, Use SCSI Double-Buffering, Disable Scandisk After Bad Shutdown, Limit Memory to <x> MB, Disable Fast Shutdown, Disable UDF File System, Enable Pentium F0 (Lock CmpXchg).

Q185501: MSPAINT caused an invalid page fault in module Mspaint.exe

When you attempt to start Microsoft Paint (MSPAINT), or you attempt to type text, click a font size in the Text toolbar, and then press the ESC key to close the Text toolbar, and then press the ESC key to close the Text toolbar, you may receive the following error message: MSPAINT caused an invalid page fault in module Mspaint.exe at 015f:010259e2. When you click Close, you receive the following error message: MSPAINT caused an invalid page fault in module Mfc42.dll at 015f:5f4012b3

Q178084 – MPREXE Not Responding

When you log on to Windows, or after you install Windows, you may receive the following error message, and your computer may stop responding (hang):MPREXE not responding.

Q276405 – Error Message When You Open Control Panel

When you try to open Control Panel, you may receive one of the following error messages, and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) may quit unexpectedly: Explorer has caused an error in unknown. Explorer has caused an error in Kernel32.dll. Explorer has caused an error in file name.cpl.

Q284969: Computer Stops Responding (Hangs) During Shut Down or Restart Process After Writing to Removable Media

When you are attempting to shut down, or restart your computer, you may be prompted for removable media. Because you cannot always see the prompt, your computer may appear to have stopped responding (hang). This occurs only if the media was formatted with the FAT32 file system.

Q275646 – System Restore Shows Date of Saturday, December 30, 1899

When you run the System Restore tool in Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), the following behaviors may occur: The calendar on the left side of the “Choose a Restore Point” window is absent. The date on the title bar for the restore point list is Saturday, December 30, 1899…