Unable to register with the geodatabase

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

When using the 'Register with Geodatabase' command in ArcCatalog on a Microsoft Access database, the following error is returned:

“Unable to register with the geodatabase.
General function failure.
System resources exceeded.”


When registering large tables, this error may occur if the MaxLocksPerFile registry setting for your system is being exceeded.

Solution or Workaround

Increase your MAXLOCKS registry setting by using the AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe application located under:


Click the Editor tab and increase the Jet engine max # of records to calculate setting.

Article ID:000002978

  • ArcMap 8 x

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