A child process cannot be created by calling a CreateProcess function that uses the PROC_THREAD_ATTRIBUTE_PREFERRED_NODE parameter in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7.
  • You have a process that has a hard processor affinity on the computer. The process is either explicitly assigned by using SetProcessAffinityMask or is inherited from a parent process.
  • The process calls CreateProcess and specifies the preferred NUMA node by using PROC_THREAD_ATTRIBUTE_PREFERRED_NODE.
In this scenario, CreateProcess fails, and the following error message is returned by GetLastError:
ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER
0x00000057 ( 87 )

CAUSE

This issue occurs because the operating system incorrectly handles the conflict between the parent hard processor affinity inheritance and the preferred NUMA node.

RESOLUTION

This hotfix changes CreateProcess behavior so that PROC_THREAD_ATTRIBUTE_PREFERRED_NODE takes precedence over parent process affinity. If PROC_THREAD_ATTRIBUTE_PREFERRED_NODE is provided, parent process affinity is ignored.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem that is described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Registry information

You do not have to make any changes to the registry to use this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
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    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.1.760  0 . 20xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMLDR
    6.1.760  1 . 21xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.1.7600.208813,966,84815-Jan-201105:42x86
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7600.208813,911,55215-Jan-201105:42x86
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.1.7601.216423,966,84815-Jan-201105:41x86
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7601.216423,911,04015-Jan-201105:41x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7600.208815,475,71215-Jan-201106:26x64
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7601.216425,562,24015-Jan-201106:29x64
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.1.7600.208813,966,84815-Jan-201105:42x86
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7600.208813,911,55215-Jan-201105:42x86
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.1.7601.216423,966,84815-Jan-201105:41x86
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7601.216423,911,04015-Jan-201105:41x86
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7600.2088111,132,28815-Jan-201105:24IA-64
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7601.2164211,117,44015-Jan-201105:19IA-64
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.1.7600.208813,966,84815-Jan-201105:42x86
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7600.208813,911,55215-Jan-201105:42x86
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.1.7601.216423,966,84815-Jan-201105:41x86
Ntoskrnl.exe6.1.7601.216423,911,04015-Jan-201105:41x86

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
For more information about how to support systems that have more than 64 processors, visit the following Microsoft webpage:
How to support systems that have more than 64 processors
For more information about NUMA support, visit the following Microsoft webpage:
Introduction to NUMA support
For more information about CreateProcess function, visit the following Microsoft webpage:
Introduction to CreateProcess function

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
Time (UTC)14:28
PlatformNot applicable
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
Time (UTC)06:10
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
Time (UTC)06:02
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Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
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Date (UTC)15-Jan-2011
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Properties

Article ID: 2417038 - Last Review: February 10, 2011 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
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