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Windows keeps on telling me I have "storage" insufficiency, but disk space and RAM are completely fine RRS feed

  • Question

  • I first notice my notebook begins to have this issue when I tried to update my Windows. It returned me with error code "80070008", which says that my computer might have run out of memory, however, there are 200GB space available in my C: drive, and I am only using 27~30% of my RAM out of 8GB.

    I tried to perform DISM 'ScanHealth' and it returned me "Error: 8 - Not enough storage is available to process this command".

    At first, I tried to ignore this issue as I thought it did not cause me any major trouble. But I was wrong. Several USB devices become unresponsive (yellow exclamation icon at Device Manager). When I tried to manually install drivers, that's when I found out it was this STORAGE insufficiency again that cause me trouble:

    "Windows found driver software for your device but encountered error while attempting to install it.  - Not enough storage is available to process this command".

    Some of my programs also become incredibly laggy ever since this issue arises, yet I don't know where the problem lies. 

    At Event Viewer... I noticed several error messages regarding "Windows was unable to load the registry. This problem is often caused by insufficient memory or insufficient security rights. - DETAIL: Not enough storage is available to process this command".

    I also caught a glimpse of one error that I think stated more clearly: "Application popup: Windows - Low On Registry Space: The system has reached the maximum size allowed for the system part of the registry. Additional storage requests will be ignored".

    Can someone help me address what issue I am actually having? How do I solve this problem? Please help. I have not done anything to this computer prior to this issue, especially something very sensitive like registry.

    I have performed following troubleshoot attempts to no avail:

    - Rebooted system.

    - Disabled antivirus programs and firewall then tried Windows Update. Did not help.

    - Ran Windows Diagnostic tools: Results addressed the issues and said they were "fixed", but problem is still there as if nothing is changed.

    - Reset Windows Update components (both running fix tool and manually)

    - Tried to run SFC /SCANNOW command, but it returned me "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation" message.

    - Memory Diagnostic tool: No problems/errors detected

    - Clean boot and Safe Mode. Problem is still the same.

    - Ran CCleaner (only after this issue arises). Problem is still the same.

    [Update 1]

    -As suggested by Bruce Wooding-

    Scanned my PC using Windows Defender Offline, Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit, and Malwarebytes. Result showed no threats/malware/virus detected.

    • Edited by Freya_L Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:28 PM
    Sunday, August 9, 2015 7:17 AM

Answers

  • Thank you for your reply, Bruce.

    After running Windows Defender Offline (if that is the rootkit revealer you mentioned), I also scanned my computer using Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and Malwarebytes. All them returned the same results, saying there was no malwares/viruses detected.

    I think I may resort to re-installing my Windows. I wonder if that's a good idea..? To be honest, at this point, I don't mind backing up all my personal files and clean install my OS once and for all.

    • Marked as answer by Bruce Wooding Friday, September 4, 2015 1:22 AM
    Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:24 PM

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  • Have you done the following steps provided by link below?

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/windows-update-error-80070008-or-8007000e

    Sunday, August 9, 2015 7:30 AM
  • 1. Set show hidden files and make sure that there is free space. It does not hurt to do disk cleanup

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/44274-windows-update-cleanup-windows-8-a.html

    2. I would start troubleshooting here

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/gp/windows-update-issues/en-us

    HTH

    Milos

    Sunday, August 9, 2015 8:26 AM
  • Thank you for your reply, T. Kujala.

    I stumbled upon this article before but have not tried this because it said that this occur when using Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions, while I am using Windows 8.1. I will give it a try and let you know if this solves my problem.

    [Update]

    Tried uninstalling languages that I will never use. Restarted my system, and problem persists. :(


    • Edited by Freya_L Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:01 PM Update
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:12 PM
  • Thank you for your reply, Milos Puchta.

    I have run disk cleanup multiple times as well as no. 2: Windows Update Diagnostic tool. As I mentioned above, it stated the issues and said they were fixed, but problem persists.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:17 PM
  • It appears that you have tried almost everything to resolve this problem and the usual resolutions are not working. I would start looking at the possibility of an infection on your hard drive. Try scanning for Rootkits with rootkit revealer at Malware Protection Center. For additional security measures, you should also run malware/spyware scans too.

    There are other non-Microsoft tools that can be used such as Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit. I would also run Malwarebytes in addition to the Microsoft tools to try and catch the different types of infections that can plague computers. 


    Bruce Wooding Windows Outreach Team- IT Pro Windows for IT Pros on TechNet

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:04 PM
  • Thank you for your reply, Bruce.

    After running Windows Defender Offline (if that is the rootkit revealer you mentioned), I also scanned my computer using Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and Malwarebytes. All them returned the same results, saying there was no malwares/viruses detected.

    I think I may resort to re-installing my Windows. I wonder if that's a good idea..? To be honest, at this point, I don't mind backing up all my personal files and clean install my OS once and for all.

    • Marked as answer by Bruce Wooding Friday, September 4, 2015 1:22 AM
    Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:24 PM