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while installing a program i get a error message: the win 16 subsystem has insufficient resources, close the program and restart your machine. the application listed on the error message bar is isset_se.

i'm using winxp home sp2 with 1gig memory and 100gig hd. paging file size set to 1521mb.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Most often I've found you can fix this by restoring backup copies of the autoexec.nt and config.nt files.  
Reference:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/16bit.htm

However, I've seen instances where this applies:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q254914&
an instance where this was the solution:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21549145.html#14811674

You could also try this:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/16-bit-MS-DOS-Subsystem-Error-Quick-Fix.shtml
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by:drmanno
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thanks for your prompt response. i downloaded winfx16 from the last url you gave. after installation it required xp cd. i don't have since sony never gave one. win came pre-installed. how to i resolve this situation? next, how to restore backup copies of autoexec.nt and config.nt?
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Is there a folder on your hard disk called "i386"?  This is often the XP Installation files - when it asks for the CD, point it to that folder instead.

As for copying the autoexec.nt and config.nt files, reference the first link I gave you - the very last set of numbered directions explains it.
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oh yes, there is a folder but the winfx16 utility provides no way of pointing to the folder. i'll check the first link. i was in a hurry and thought winfx16 would be the easiest way. thanks.
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in the same folder i found autoexec and config files; expanded these; copied to the root dir; rebooted. bingo! it worked. thanks.
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