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"insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service"

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#1 Sylveon Fetish

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 06:54 AM

If my computer has been on for two nights, come the second morning, I always get the following error when opening any programs, including Task Manager.






insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service


Followed by another error




Can't open this item.


It might have been moved, renamed, or deleted. Do you want to remove this item?


It even asks me if I want to remove the item for task manager and obviously I do not want to remove task manager.


If I try again, all programs give this error:




There is not enough free memory to run this program. Exit one or more programs, and then try again


It is kinda difficult to see what is going on here when I cannot even open the task manager to see memory usage or anything. This is a Dell Optiplex 780 with 4GB ram and more than enough free hard drive space. 3.0 GHZ processor is more than efficient to run Windows 7.


Any idea on what the problem may be?

Edited by Sylveon Fetish, 21 August 2016 - 06:56 AM.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 08:26 AM

Download, install, run MiniToolBox [don't click on any resets yet] and Piriform's Speccy.  Don't post any logs until BC staff ask for them [& gives info on how & what to post].  My first inclination is that there are a number of programs and utilities running in the background -- possibly such are eating up your computer's resources without releasing resources back into the pool.  Agreed, your hardware specs show you have a very fine computer.

Edited by RolandJS, 21 August 2016 - 08:27 AM.

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#3 dc3


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 09:34 AM

One potential problem could be related to the antivirus you are running.  I would suggest uninstalling your current antivirus, download and install Microsoft Security Essential.  This uses a much smaller amount of resources as some of the other versions, especially paid version like Norton 360.

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#4 hamluis



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Posted 21 August 2016 - 10:42 AM

I would just reboot the system...and then use Task Manager to see if anything is out of line via looking at the processes and RAM usage.



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