Increase setting of Min SPs

Turned on the computer this PM and it told me that I have to increase the setting of Min SPS in my SYSTEM.INI or remove a recently downloaded VXD.

I recently downloaded a defrag thingy and Turbo Tax. I don’t know if that’s what the machine is griping about. Anyway, it said my setting was, IIRC, 5, and press any key to continue. I did, and it said then my setting was 6. I’ve rebooted a couple of times and it hasn’t complained, but I wonder what the hell that was all about?

I won’t pretend to know what any of it means or provide a solution to your problem, however, when I typed “Min SPS in my SYSTEM.INI” into the search engine at, one of the answers was to check this link at the Microsoft site (this assumes you use Win9x, since you didn’t specify):

I’m sure one of the more knowledgeable tech-heads on this board will tell you what it all means.


I use Win ME. Tried the link and tried some searches, but nothing seemed to help. Message appeared again just now, but I’m able to get on. The message reads as follows:

Stack overflow problem. A VxD recently installed consumed too much stack space. Increase the setting of 'MinSps" in SYSTEM.INI or remove recently installed VXDs. There are currently 6 SPs allocated.

What I’ve been able to gather is that there are stacks divisible by 4 (but 6 is not) and it has to be increased in increments of 4. I don’t know how to do that and I don’t know what it means? So, I’ll ask again one more time.

I’m bumping this up for the last time, in the forlorn hope that some techy will know what the heck the message means.

I get that message some times, but never found the line containing ‘min sp’, tried to add it w/o luck. I basically ignore it when it rears it’s ugly head.

Some one else gets it too! OK. Thanks, K2Dave.