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Recently I work on one MSIX packaging task to convert a traditional Win32 installer to .msix package with MSIX packaging tool, however always faced this kind of error message once start the packaging:




By checking the error log, it shows:


[8/14/2020 10:29:06 AM] [Error] Error monitoring: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service

[8/14/2020 10:29:06 AM] [Debug] Getting environment object from %UserProfile%AppDataLocalPackagesMicrosoft.MsixPackagingTool_8wekyb3d8bbweLocalStateMsixGenerator.ConversionState.xml

[8/14/2020 10:29:06 AM] [Error] Error Occurred: Microsoft.ApplicationVirtualization.Packaging.Sequencing.SequencerException: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service —>

Microsoft.ApplicationVirtualization.Packaging.MonitorException: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service —>

System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service at Microsoft.ApplicationVirtualization.Packaging.Tracing.TraceController.Start(String logfilePath) at Microsoft.ApplicationVirtualization.Packaging.TracingSubsystem.<>c__DisplayClass6_0.<.ctor>b__0() at System.EventHandler`1.Invoke(Object sender, TEventArgs e)


However my PC has enough RAM (free 20GB), with latest Windows 10 update. I tried restarting PC and it doesn’t help as well. Don’t think it is a resource limit issue. With this question, I used Windows Feedback [Windows + F] to raised a feedback. The response from Window team was quick and quite helpful.


The error indeed failed when start new system event tracing sessions. These sessions can only be a limited amount of them system-wide, this limit is 64 by default, otherwise we will hit this ERROR_NO_SYSTEM_RESOURCES error.


This article gave two suggestions:


1. Reboot machine

2. Editing the REG_DWORD key at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlWMIEtwMaxLoggers. Permissible values are 32 through 256


I didn’t take the steps as some system trace sessions can start when machine is starting up, and some traces should be stopped if they are not necessary. I used commands “logman query -etc”, “tracelog -l”, the result shows a lot of running trace sessions (up to 50). Although they are not hit 64 limits, I thought reducing them will be definitely worth trying.


After some quick research, I can see the Perfmon Monitor will be helpful to manage the running system trace session easily. After taking below steps, the MSIX error is resolved immediately:


1. In Start command, type “Performance Monitor”, start it as Admin


2. Choose Data Collector Sets -> Event Trace Sessions, right click to stop some sessions




3. To avoid this issue from next rebooting, can disable some of them in Data Collector Sets -> Startup Event Trace Sessions


 Hope this helps!



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