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I cannot open the old MS PowerPoint 2003 ten slides presentation on Toshiba Laptop. The error message, This is not a PowerPoint Presentation. Your system is low on virtual memory. To ensure that Windows runs properly, increase the size of your virtual memory paging file. Has anyone got this error?

Windows XP

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I would start by running a repair on my Office 2003.  Here is where you can look at your virtual memory settings in XP:

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance pane, click Settings.
  4. In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change.
  6. Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value, click Set, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.

I think they default to around 2GB of paging size.  Move it up to 4GB and see if it makes a difference.  You may also want to make sure that you have enough space on your HDD.  Windows gets finicky when there is less than 15% HDD space available.

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Use Slides from Files

  • Open Microsoft PowerpointOpen a new blank presentation
  • On the Insert menu, click Slides from Files
  • In the Slide Finder dialog box,select you corrupt file
  • Click Insert All

If clicking Insert All does not work, try clicking Insert to insert individual slides.

Open the presentation in Word

Some text may be recovered by using this method.

  • Open Microsoft Word.
  • On the File menu, click Open.
  • Under the Open dialog box, click the arrow next to the Files of Type box at the bottom of that dialog box, and then click Recover Text From Any File.
  • Select your corrupt file, select it, and then click Open.

Using Powerpoint Service

  • Open the page first <spam link removed>
  • Attach your document
  • Press "Upload" button
  • Wait for PowerPoint file recovery

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