This error seems to be floating around the internet in the last 48 – 72 hours. It effects Windows users using Internet Explorer and has started a long thread over on Facebook.

Apparently it’s being caused by a recent automatic update from Microsoft. There is no fix as of yet, some users report that deleting temporary internet files / cookies and upgrading flash fixes the problem.

A more drastic solution is to modify your registry (warning modifying your registry without knowing what your doing can break things!):


To correct this problem, increase the size of the desktop heap: 1. Run Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
2. From the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE subtree, go to the following key: SystemCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerSubSystems
3. Select the Windows value.
4. From the Edit menu, choose String.
5. Increase the SharedSection parameter.

For Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003:
SharedSection uses the following format to specify the system and desktop heaps:


Increase the zzz number to “256” or “512.”


I haven’t tested the above solutions as I left the windows world last year and haven’t looked back, good luck!

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  • PotatoChef November 28, 2008, 11:36 pm

    I’m really glad that I read this post. I’ve been getting messages that says that I am out of memory on line 1. I didn’t know what, who, or why I was getting these messages. Guess I should have expected Microsoft all along. So glad to find out it isn’t my computer!!