Windows ME memory leak discovered!

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Windows ME "memory leak" reported.

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This question was answered on July 28, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Windows Millenium Edition (ME) contains a memory leak that has apparently not been fixed according to Matt Vlasaty, a Chicago-based electrical engineer He discovered the bug after opening large files of 200-Mbytes or so --such as Outlook email attachments or Usenet downloads It turns out that Windows ME does not release the memory space the files are closed Memory leaks will eventually deplete the system of its working memory space and cause noticeable slowdowns or lock-ups.

This bug will not necessarily affect all users, mainly those who work with large files (200Mb or higher in the tests) At this point, the only way to clear the memory space is to reboot the system.

Microsoft has acknowledged the bug and reports that it is working on a patch We will notify you via our newsletter system when a patch has been released.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on July 28, 2001