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Win 16 subsystem error. have to close applications and reboot.

I get a 16 subsystem error and have to reboot to start up programs again. SP3

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  • cortez glivings Mar 18, 2009

    This is the error-

    "The Win 16 Subsystem has insufficent resources to continue running. Click on OK, close your applications, and restart your machine.”



    I using software by xp systems "xp/win navigator". While researching the issue, I see it's happening with other software as well. But for me it's the one software. I haven't seen or don't remember anything in the error log. Next time it happens, i will make note.

  • ultimitloozr May 11, 2010

    What is the error message? Anything appear in the Event Log about this error? Does it only happen with a specific program or do multiple programs cause the error?

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Okay. The normal causes of insufficient resources in a Win16 app are the limitations on USER and GDI resources. This applies all the way from Windows 3.0 through WinME and the Win16 subsystem running under WinNT4.0 through Vista still are affected by these design constraints regardless of the actual amount of RAM installed in the computer.

But you can try this: Right-click on the executable for the application and select Properties. Click on the Compatibility tab. Check the boxes for 'Run in 256 colors' and 'Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution.' Try running the application again. If you still get the error, go back to the Compatibility tab and check the box 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' and select the Windows 98/Windows ME in the drop-down list. Try the program again. If that doesn't work, go back to the Compatibility tab again and select 'Windows 95' in the drop-down list and try running the application again. Hopefully, it will run without errors in one of these configurations.

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It has to do with how many GDI handles have been taken in the current session. Check out the article (with fix options) here: www.vttoth.com/wow32.htm

Posted on Jan 27, 2010

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    Doug Joseph Jan 28, 2010

    Prior post amended to read as:



    It has to do with how many GDI handles have been taken in the current session. Check out the article (with fix options) here: www.vttoth.com/wow32.htm



    Note: The article has good info, but overstates how hard it is to get the patched DLL into Windows. All I had to do was restart while pressing F8, and choose to boot into Directory Repair Services mode (which requires that are able to log in as an Admin).



    Once in that way, I had a fully functional instance of Windows (in Safe Mode) that allowed the exchange of the DLLs.



    I simply browsed to the system32 folder and renamed the original file by appending 'old' and then renamed the new file (which I had already pasted beside it) by removing the word 'new' (which was all that distinguished my new file from the original file name). I then repeated the process in the dllcache folder (which is a subfolder of the system32 folder).

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I just started getting this error in Jun 09. In addition to the Win 16 Subsystem error, it gives an application error when my screensaver starts "Application: Picture". I did not make any changes to the system previously and could not find a solution. I remembered that Windows just downloaded an update. I restored to before the update and I have not had the problem again.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010

  • Sandra Mayo Oct 05, 2010

    What was the Windows update that caused the problem?

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