Desktop Heap Limitations
If you have a lot of applications open one thing you might notice is that Windows -- even XP -- will reach a point where no more windows can be opened. For me, IE hits this point after about 40-50 windows. Depending on what else you have running, you may be able to open more or less.
Usually this is not a problem, but if you find yourself running into this limit the workaround is to increase the Desktop Heap. To do this, edit the following key in the registry:
Which usually has the following value:
Windows="%SystemRoot%\system32\csrss.exe ObjectDirectory=\Windows SharedSection=1024,3072,512 Windows=On SubSystemType=Windows ServerDll=basesrv,1 ServerDll=winsrv:UserServerDllInitialization,3 ServerDll=winsrv:ConServerDllInitialization,2 ProfileControl=Off MaxRequestThreads=16"
and change 3072 to a larger value such as 4096. Always use caution when editing your registry; standard disclaimers apply.
For more information see: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;184802
Desktop Heap Information Monitor Tool
You can download the following tool from Microsoft to get an idea about how much is being used by the Desktop Heap: Desktop Heap Information Monitor Tool.