Fix: Not Enough Storage is Available to Process this Command

The error ‘Not enough storage is available to process this command’ usually occurs in Windows servers when the registry value is set incorrectly or after a recent reset or reinstallations, the configurations are not set correctly.

This error is quite old and has even been officially acknowledged by Microsoft itself. The fix it registers is quite simple; it instructs the users to change the registry key to some defined value. If the error still persists after this workaround, there is no choice but to perform a system restore.

Solution 1: Changing the Registry Value

This is the official workaround for the issue as works for the majority of the people. You need administrator access to follow this solution. We will change a registry key to some defined value. If the key isn’t present, we will create it manually and set the value.

Note: The “IRPStackSize” should be changed in the computer whose files you are trying to browse, not the computer which us browsing.

Warning: The registry is a powerful tool. Changing keys which you don’t know about may cause serious problems with your computer. Make sure to back up your registry before following this solution.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “regedit” and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
  2. Once in the registry editor, navigate to the following file path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters

  1. Look for the key “IRPStackSize”. If it is not present, follow the rest of step 3, otherwise just check if the value is set correctly as defined here.
  2. Click on “Edit” present at the top left side of the screen. Select “New > DWORD (32 – bit) Value”.

  1. Set the new key’s name as “IRPStackSize”.

  1. Right-click on the key and click “Modify”.

  1. In the Data Value box, type a larger value, and then click OK.

Note: Values may range from 0x1 to 0xC. These values are equivalent to 1 to 12 in decimal notation.

  1. After making the necessary changes, restart your computer and check if the problem at hand got fixed.

If the problem persists after changing the target value, increase the target value more until it is fixed.

Solution 2: Block UI app forks

We also came across an interesting workaround which suggested a workaround to the error. If an important application runs out of storage, you can restart it. The error will temporarily disappear as the memory allocation will be freed.

However, the desktop heap for the window station will encounter memory issues again. To permanently fix the issue, configure the abcservice.exe that runs out of memory to avoid UI application forks in session 0. So to solve the issue, you just have to configure the service in question make it not forks UI application in session 0.

Solution 3: Reinstalling Graphics Driver (if the error occurs while playing a game)

If this error occurs when you trying to launch a game, It may be possible that your graphics driver is not properly configured or is outdated. We need to completely delete all driver files before we install the new driver, therefore, we need to use the utility Display Driver Uninstaller. You can download the utility over the internet easily.

  1. After installing Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU), launch your computer in safe mode. You can learn how to boot your computer into safe mode by reading our article on it.
  2. After booting your computer into safe mode, launch the application which was just installed. Choose the option Safe Mode.

  1. After launching the application, select the first option “Clean and restart”. The application will then automatically uninstall the installed drivers and restart your computer accordingly.

  1. Boot your computer into normal mode and launch the GeForce Application, open the “Drivers” tab and click the button “Driver Download”. Enter your specification on the right side of the screen and click “Start search” for the application to search for the optimal drivers for your computer.

  1. After the driver is updated, restart your computer and check if the problem got solved.

You can also update the driver by downloading the driver directly from NVIDIA’s official website and updating it using the device manager.

Solution 4: Deleting the Temporary Folder Files

Another simple workaround is to delete the temporary folder’s file. The temporary folder contains many system configurations which are used by the system occasionally. You can always backup the temp folder somewhere if you want your state of mind (so you can replace it if something goes wrong).

  1. Press Windows + R, type “%temp%” in the dialogue box and press Enter.

  1. Press Ctrl + A to select all the entries and click on “Delete”.

  1. After you are done with this step, navigate to Local Disk C, head over to the temp folder and delete all the contents there too. Restart your computer and check if the problem at hand got solved.

Solution 5: Closing Old Sessions in Windows 2003 Fileserver

This solution is specific for Windows 2003 Fileservers where they are having problems connecting to the shares.

In many cases, it is the scenario where the users are not logged off of the server. You should close all the old sessions which will, in turn, allow you to access the shares. Make sure that you save the progress (if any) in the old sessions before you close them.

Of course, you should try the workarounds mentioned above before this.

  1. Right-click on “Computer” and click on “Manage”.
  2. Now select “Shared Folders” and then “Sessions”.
  3. Close all the old sessions and see if you can access the shares successfully.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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