Saw the post below - and followed the trail. I am having a very similar problem - but the issue is not limited to only opening new IE windows. My issue is opening any new windows. Given - I do open a lot of programs simultaneously - and I do not like to reboot. However - what really throws me - is that when I attempt to open even an additional notepad session - I cannot. And I have 2GB in my laptop - with only 1GB or a little over - physically used. So what is preventing me from opening notepad or another program? If I close a few windows or Adobe files that are open - I can open a few more programs. But then it continues like that - I have to close X program - to open Y program - even though I have pleanty of physical memory available. The laptop should be using the memory that is free - yet it does not. Then why do I even have 2GB of memory - if 1/2 will not be used. I have rebuilt my laptop - thinking that might cure it - it did not. The laptop has the latest SAV software - free/clean of viruses/spyware.
Please help or advise.
Is there something I need to do - to use all the 2GB of memory in XP Pro.
I would think - the default install would utilize this memory - right out of the box. But it is not for me.
Some days ago my new thinkpad with Windows XP and IE7 and 2GB of ram started having a weird behaviour.
After a while I'm unable to open any new window (even task manager cannot be launched). If I close one or more of my windows I can then open new windows. After a while I have to close more and more windows to open a new one. Now I have only two windows open (two IE7 windows) and I'm unable to open a new one.
Usually I open a lot of windows (and IE7 TABs) but it seems that in some way even when I close them some cache info still remains and blocks XP.
I noticed in task manager that, for example, before closing IE it was using 335MB. After closing and reopening with the very same TABs, now it uses only 115MB. Can this be the reason? Or someone knows of other ram (or other resource) eater applications?