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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