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Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space

Applies to Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Run the Windows Firewall Service

  • Open Services (services.msc) from Control Panel – Administrative Tools – Services
  • Locate the Windows Firewall Service
  • Double-click the Windows Firewall Service and from the General Tab change the Startup Type selection to Automatic
  • Restart the System
  • Upon restart check the status of the Windows Firewall Service. If it is in running mode, you may try opening the excel file
  • If the Windows Firewall is still not in running mode; you will need to make changes to the registry

Changes to Registry

  • Open Registry Editor (regedit)
  • Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  • With the control folder selected, right click in the pane on the right and select new DWORD Value
  • Name the new DWORD -ServicesPipeTimeout
  • Right-click ServicesPipeTimeout, and then click Modify
  • Click Decimal, type ‘180000’, and then click OK
  • Restart the computer and check the Windows Firewall Service once again
  • If the service has started; you may open the excel files without any error

If the Windows Firewall service has still not started working after the above instructions, I would advice looking for further assistance. But we do have a temporary workaround to enable opening of individual excel files

Temporary Workaround

  • Right-Click the specific Excel File and click Properties
  • In the General Click Unblock under Security
  • The file should now open without any error
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About Sunil Padmanabhan

An Indian based out of Dubai who started traveling from 2011 and pretty much caught the travel bug. Every year presents itself as an opportunity to visit and explore a new place.

Posted on July 13, 2016, in Excel, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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