Vista runs out of memory while copying files

By on October 17, 2007, 11:29 AM
You might think it impossible for your new rig to actually run out of memory when copying or moving data, but it appears that Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista, can do so when a user tries to copy 16,400 files or smaller groups of files that add up to 16,400 between reboots – regardless of your memory size. The problem worsens when users are running Kaspersky Anti Virus 6 or 7, but it is not the software that is causing the problem. According to Microsoft:

This problem occurs because of a memory leak in the Windows OLE component. This memory leak is triggered by the way that Windows Explorer deals with the extended attributes of the files.
Following the “Out of Memory” message, you can expect plenty of other errors to occur including menus and tabs disappearing within the Windows environment and even reboots and BSODs (Blue Screens of Death) errors. Apparently a fix was scheduled for SP1 but didn't make it. Instead, you have to submit a request to Microsoft Online Customer Services to obtain the hotfix for the problem.

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Nirkon said:
Whats the point in that?why just not include it at the next windows update?
icye said:
This clearly shows Microsoft's lack of understanding that these patches are needed right now for all those who converted to Vista.
Julio said:
Even if not a widespread problem and with a (beta?) fix out there already, if I was Microsoft I would work on that first priority and not leave it hanging for months, very awkward logic there...
effojyaj said:
monopoly logic. the customer doesn't dare go elsewhere so they do whatever they want. No logic of trying to serve captive customers better.
Beach said:
Gee, I'm glad that I have never decided to update from XP Pro! I discovered that I would also have to change my video card, my printer, my .........To hell with that!
danpetitpas said:
[b]Originally posted by Beach:[/b][quote]Gee, I'm glad that I have never decided to update from XP Pro! I discovered that I would also have to change my video card, my printer, my .........To hell with that![/quote]99.5% of the time you should never upgrade the operating system that came with your PC. Based on 20 years of PC upgrades, they will always require more memory, more powerful processors, bigger hard drives, etc. For some reason, people think when Microsoft comes out with a new operating system that it's going to be "better" and they wait in line for it. I guess Microsoft perpetuates that image. And there wasn't much difference between XP R1 and XP R2. But your PC was designed to work with the operating system it came with, and these days, if you want to upgrade your operating system, you should buy a new PC.
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