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Cannot Select MPS Uniprocessor or ACPI Uniprocessor HAL

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
If you remove a processor from a multiprocessor computer or turn off hyperthreading support in the BIOS, and then try to change your Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), you only have the following options:

If the MPS Multiprocessor HAL is currently installed you can change to the following options:
  • Standard PC
  • MPS Multiprocessor

If the ACPI Multiprocessor HAL is currently installed you can change to the following options:
  • Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC
  • ACPI Multiprocessor
  • MPS Multiprocessor
You do not have the option to switch to MPS Uniprocessor or ACPI Uniprocessor.
CAUSE
This behavior occurs because Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP only permit you to change to reliable HAL types.
WORKAROUND
To switch to a uniprocessor HAL, reinstall the operating system.
MORE INFORMATION
In Windows 2000, you can change to any listed HAL type. However, if you select an incorrect HAL, the computer may not start correctly. Therefore, only compatible HALs are listed in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. If you run a multiprocessor HAL with only a single processor installed, the computer typically works as expected, and there is little or no affect on performance.
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Article ID: 811366 - Last Review: 12/03/2007 05:02:23 - Revision: 6.4

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