I have a problem with Microsoft Word 2001 SR1. It ran ok until
recently. On trying to open the program the pc hangs. Pressing ctrl-alt-del
brings up a message saying “WARNING SYSTEM IS DANGEROUSLY LOW ON RESOURCES
(which it is not) WOULD YOU LIKE TO TERMINATE MS WORD?” On clicking yes nothing
happens. Pressing ctrl-alt-del eventually produces a blue screen then a
restart. I am running Windows Me and have tried uninstalling/reinstalling
several times. No other software has been installed recently.
Well, to begin with, the 95/98/Me versions of Windows can most definition be
low on resources even with plenty of memory.
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The question, of course, is why?
“Low on Resources” on a Windows 9x (meaning 95/98/Me) machine actually
refers to a fixed size portion of memory that Windows allocates for certain
objects that it has to keep track of. Since it’s fixed size, it’s unrelated to
the actual amount of memory installed in your machine.
In practice, “Low on Resources” is typically the sign of a program bug. A
program allocates many of these objects that Windows has to track, and fails to
release them and the memory they consume is the most common cause of that
So my initial reaction is to perform an up-to-date scan for spyware or
viruses that may have infected your computer and eaten up resources. These
programs are frequently quickly and poorly written, and often riddled with
You indicated that you uninstalled/reinstalled – those are good ideas. If
the spyware / anti-virus check doesn’t resolve the issue, that’s exactly the
tack I’d take. I’d start with a repair install of Office.