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Solved Don't Mess With Maximum Memory Settings in Msconfig (System Configuration)

tps5352

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Just had a scary experience last night. I messed with the msconfig maximum memory settings (stupid, I now know) and got myself into a situation where I couldn't re-boot, couldn't start in Safe Mode, and couldn't access the msconfig file in order to fix the problem. (Maybe you all know a simple way to correct the problem, but it was 2 in the morning and I was panicked.)

Luckily, I read this Forum thread:

Msconfig maximum memory issue Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

and Windows 7 and 8 are similar enough that I was able to manually re-set maximum memory from the Command Prompt and avoided having to re-install Windows. My post about the experience is on Page 2 of that Windows 7 Forum thread, above.

Learn from my mistake--do what I say, not what I do. (We have turned into our parents.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Dimension XPS 600
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D 4-processor 3.73 GHz CPU
    Motherboard
    factory XPS 600 motherboard (ACPI x64-based PC)
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 970
    Browser
    Firefox 54.0.1 (64-bit)
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender

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