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Xp Repair Not Enough Memory

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:09 AM

I have older Sony Vaio laptop that is a second computer in my home. I lost my taskbar and explorer was not loading. I literally exhausted every option and nothing worked. So I gave a shot at repairing the registry through the XP pro disk. Everything was going fine until installation began and it gets down to 34 mins or so left and says I dont have enough memory to install the components. My question is that I need to know if there is anyway after I had began reparing, that I can go back and free up space to do another repair or am I stuck forever and its just a waste of time?

Also in addition for some background on my situation. I had no taskbar and I had tried to free up space but my add/remove program was not letting uninstall anything. So I am just helpless. Please help if you can!!!


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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:49 AM


Also open My Computer and right-click on the hard drive and select properties. How full is the drive?
Have you run chk dsk?
And SFC /scannow?
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:15 PM

I guess that can work but maybe I didn't explain enough. I get a window that pops up around 33 mins or so that say that I dont have enough memory and I need to choose programs to cut in order install the components. I want to make more space but I cant from this window. Is it okay to stop the installation or will that mess everything up? Plus if I do stop the installation can I even get back to my desktop to uninstall the programs I want to and/or is there another way to free up space?

Edited by MCLAXER, 05 September 2008 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 02:45 PM

You can stop any install at any time...nothing bad will happen, installed files will be removed. There should be a "cancel" option on just about every screen of the install process.

You can then boot into your current install (after changing the boot sequence in the BIOS) and move data files (movies, pics, etc.) to a different partition. My suggestion would be to remove the contents of whatever is in My Documents...to another drive.

You should also dump your Recycle Bin contents and uninstall any programs which you really don't use but which are currently installed.

You should always ensure that there is approximately 15-20% of the partition space available to Windows, classified as unused, free space.

Then...you go back to your repair install :thumbsup:.


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