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After extensive Google Searching, I found this "answer":

Windows Photo Viewer - Bug

But this is not a solution for me, after finding the same place in Windows 7 (instructions were for windows vista) The resulting box didn't have anything in it to delete.

Original Question:

Ok, so i went to open a picture with the Windows Photo Viewer (Default) application and it told me this:

Windows Photo Viewer can't display this picture because there might not be enough memory available on your computer. Close some programs that you aren't using or free some hard disk space (if it's almost full), and then try again.

So looking at my 98% ram usage (thankyou VisualStudio x8 + SQL Server) I rebooted my computer.

Now this is my load:

Commit Charge

And this is my hard-disk loadout:


So now I go to load up that image again. SAME MESSAGE, what the heck? So apparantly 6gb isn't enough ram to open a 29k image that loads perfectly fine in MSPaint, Paint.NET, Photoshop

It's a .png and it's not corrupt. So my question is: what gives?

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Is it only this picture that causes the memory issue? Does this persist between reboots? – mindless.panda Jun 2 '10 at 18:30
If you could upload the image somewhere and link to it here that would be helpfull. For example there could be something wrong with the EXIF information if it has any, for example if that said the picture was huge the program may try to allocate memory depending on what that says. – Daisetsu Jun 2 '10 at 18:33
Try Irfanview? (Regarding to the real issue.. never used the in-built viewer since even Picasa gives more feature, faster, easier.) – Shiki Jun 2 '10 at 19:00
It persists through reboots, it happens on ANY picture. Including the two I posted above. – Aren B Jun 2 '10 at 19:02
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I found the solution!

It has to do with multiple videocards (I run tripple-head @ work)

When I would load it up on a display on my secondary video card, I was presented with the above error. When i moved the window over to my primary video card: Presto! Image appeared.

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Use the below mentioned steps and check if this resolves your issue:

  1. Click Start and go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display\Screen Resolution and click advanced settings.

  2. Go into color management and click color management.

  3. Under devices tick use my settings for this device and the highlight and delete the profile associated with this device

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I'd be surprised if color profiles are responsible for this issue. – bwDraco Sep 30 '15 at 2:06

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