Microsoft KB Archive/174244

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Article ID: 174244

Article Last Modified on 8/12/1999


  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5.0a

This article was previously published under Q174244


Repeatedly calling the SAVE SCREEN TO <memvar> and RESTORE SCREEN FROM <memvar> commands causes the operating system to run low on memory.

In Windows NT 4.0, the following message appears in a window titled "System Process-Out of Virtual Memory":

Your system is running low on virtual memory. Please close some applications. You can then start the System option in the Control Panel and choose the Virtual Memory button to create as additional paging file or to increase the size of your current paging file.

After clicking OK, the following error message appears:

Program Error There is not enough memory to complete this operation.

In Windows 95, the following error appears:

Program Error There is not enough memory to complete this operation.


As a workaround, place the following two commands before the RESTORE SCREEN FROM command in the code example below:



Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This bug has been fixed in Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 3.

For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

170365 INFO: Visual Studio 97 Service Packs - What, Where, and Why


The amount of the memory leak with each iteration of the SAVE and RESTORE combination is dependent on screen resolution, size of Visual FoxPro desktop, and color depth. Memory leakage will be some multiple of the product of the _SCREEN.Width and _SCREEN.Height. This can be on a magnitude of megabytes per iteration.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

WARNING: Running this code causes a low memory situation on the computer. This condition may cause the operating system to become unstable. Close all running applications and save your data before following this procedure. To close all open applications, press CTRL+ALT+Delete to open the NT Task Manager or the Windows 95 Close Program window, and then close all the other applications you have running.

  1. Create a program containing the following code:

          ON KEY LABEL f12 CANCEL
          SAVE SCREEN TO s_var
          DO WHILE .T.
          @ 1,1 SAY Y
          RESTORE SCREEN FROM s_var
  2. Run the program.

The error message may take several minutes to appear depending on the amount of physical memory and the hard drive space available for the swap file.

Additional query words: memory leak restore from

Keywords: kberrmsg kbbug kbfix kbvs97sp2fix KB174244