The Memory could not be read error

Martin Brinkmann
May 10, 2007
Updated • Jun 30, 2013
Windows, Windows XP

I know that this may sound funny but I did receive the error "The memory could not be read" during Windows startup.The funny thing is that this error and the error "the memory could not be written" are not related to each other. I found a fix that helped me resolve the situation pretty fast.

The memory could not be read is an error of the Java installation of the computer system you are working on. Java is installed on the majority of computer systems even if it is not really needed by the majority of users anymore.

Let me explain to you how you can fix the Java error if you are experiencing the same issue on your computer system. A fix has been published on the Java website which unfortunately is no longer available. A total of four solutions were posted on the website and the one that worked for me was the following one:

I went to the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Engine and renamed the Engine directory to Engineold. After renaming that directory I downloaded the latest Java Runtime Environment from Sun and install it on the computer. The error disappeared after I did restart my system.

Another solution that you can try is to uninstall Java or the Java Runtime Environment completely from the system, download the latest version of the program from the Oracle website to install it anew on the system. You can download Java from this website.

Please note that this is just one of the solutions for the error. Another that you may want to try if this is not working out, is to make sure you have all updates installed for the operating system as updates may resolve the issues that you are experiencing as well. This is also true for third party applications that may be referenced in the error message.

Other possible solutions:

While I experienced the issue because of Java, other reasons why you may receive the error exist:

  • You receive the error when you click on certain web site links in Internet Explorer 6. [fix here]
  • If you are receiving the error in a particular program of yours, check to see if there are updates available. If there are, install those updates and check to see if the error is no longer being thrown.
  • You may also want to upgrade all system drivers, for the graphics card and other devices to make sure everything is up to date. This is especially important if games are causing the error.
  • If you are experiencing the issue in a browser, try to run it without plugins or browser extensions / Browser Helper Objects.
  • A scan of your system with potent antivirus software such as Malwarebytes AntiMalware may help you as well.

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  1. tyalor said on August 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    how do i go to directory ?

  2. Anonymous said on May 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    hi i m also getting this type of problem in my application client side but i m not able to change boot.ini file in client side kindly give me any suggession so that we will change in our application rather than changing client system.

  3. LittleK said on April 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks. your knowledge absolutely helped me zz :-)

  4. richie said on January 31, 2010 at 3:14 am

    how do i go to my directory?

  5. mita said on November 28, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    just remove unneccesary programs out from your pc it work! I solved it yet

  6. Shone said on October 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Thank You…

    Solved my problem in a blink…

  7. Abayie said on August 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Thks a lot…its working….

  8. kannan said on August 4, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks. This helped me at right time.

  9. j0eL said on June 2, 2007 at 3:46 am

    I get this error when I try to run almost any program, mostly PC Games, this fix didn’t work, any suggestions?

  10. WY__ said on May 19, 2007 at 11:17 am

    So very glad I found this truly great site :-)

  11. Oregon said on May 19, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Nice site try it here.

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