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Fixing Stack Page Errors

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Do you often receive "stack page errors"? These errors look like this:

"This message is informing you that your computer has no spare stack pages. You may need to increase the setting of 'MinSPs' in System.ini to prevent possible stack faults. There are currently (number here) SPs allocated."

This happens because Windows is trying to give itself some more room on your computer for system files and such.

This How-To Article shows you how to edit the "System.ini" file to fix this problem.

Fixing Stack Page Errors

1. Click the Start menu, point to Accessories, and select "Notepad" from the menu that appears.

2. Click the File menu and select "Open..." from the menu that appears.

3. From the "Files of type:" drop-down menu, select "All Files [*.*]" from the menu that appears.

4. Navigate to the "C:\WINDOWS" folder.

5. Scroll through the list of files until you see a file named "System.ini". (On some computers, it may only say "System".)

6. Click this file and click the "Open" button.

7. Scroll through this file until you find the "[386Enh]" section.

8. Add or edit this line if it is already there: MinSPs=4

Important Note!: The above step must be on a separate line, directly below the last line in the [386Enh] section if the line is not there already.

9. Click the File menu and select "Save" from the menu that appears.

10. Close Notepad.

11. Restart your computer.

12. The problem should be solved now. If not, open this file again, and increase this number (from 4) by doubling it each time. (Example: 4, then 8, then 16, 32, etc.)

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