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Windows 9x can be Low on Resources if programs use too much of a certain type of memory Windows allocates for its internal management.
I have a problem with Microsoft Word 2001 SR1. It ran ok until recently. On trying to open the program the pc hangs. Pressing ctrl-alt-del brings up a message saying "WARNING SYSTEM IS DANGEROUSLY LOW ON RESOURCES (which it is not) WOULD YOU LIKE TO TERMINATE MS WORD?" On clicking yes nothing happens. Pressing ctrl-alt-del eventually produces a blue screen then a restart. I am running Windows Me and have tried uninstalling/reinstalling several times. No other software has been installed recently.
Well, to begin with, the 95/98/Me versions of Windows can most definition be low on resources even with plenty of memory.
The question, of course, is why?
"Low on Resources" on a Windows 9x (meaning 95/98/Me) machine actually refers to a fixed size portion of memory that Windows allocates for certain objects that it has to keep track of. Since it's fixed size, it's unrelated to the actual amount of memory installed in your machine.
In practice, "Low on Resources" is typically the sign of a program bug. A program allocates many of these objects that Windows has to track, and fails to release them and the memory they consume is the most common cause of that problem.
So my initial reaction is to perform an up-to-date scan for spyware or viruses that may have infected your computer and eaten up resources. These programs are frequently quickly and poorly written, and often riddled with bugs.
You indicated that you uninstalled/reinstalled - those are good ideas. If the spyware / anti-virus check doesn't resolve the issue, that's exactly the tack I'd take. I'd start with a repair install of Office.
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