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%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MsixPackagingTool_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\MsixGenerator.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 https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/api/evntrace/nf-evntrace-starttracew#return-value gave two suggestions:
1. Reboot machine
2. Editing the REG_DWORD key at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WMI\EtwMaxLoggers. 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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