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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
In Microsoft Windows Server 2003, a periodic timer polls the system for corrected hardware error conditions. This process may interfere with the system firmware. This article describes how to disable the corrected machine check to work around this problem.
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By default, Windows Server 2003 runs a periodic timer. Every 60 seconds, the periodic timer polls the system for corrected hardware error conditions. However, when both the firmware and the operating system operate on the same corrected error information, the firmware and the operating system may conflict.
The corrected machine check process reports these error conditions. Sometimes, you may want to disable this process. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.