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

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=supportNote 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.

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.1.760  0.
    20xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    RTM

    LDR

    6.1.760  1.
    21xxx

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    SP1

    LDR

  • 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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ntkrnlpa.exe

6.1.7600.20881

3,966,848

15-Jan-2011

05:42

x86

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7600.20881

3,911,552

15-Jan-2011

05:42

x86

Ntkrnlpa.exe

6.1.7601.21642

3,966,848

15-Jan-2011

05:41

x86

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7601.21642

3,911,040

15-Jan-2011

05:41

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7600.20881

5,475,712

15-Jan-2011

06:26

x64

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7601.21642

5,562,240

15-Jan-2011

06:29

x64

Ntkrnlpa.exe

6.1.7600.20881

3,966,848

15-Jan-2011

05:42

x86

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7600.20881

3,911,552

15-Jan-2011

05:42

x86

Ntkrnlpa.exe

6.1.7601.21642

3,966,848

15-Jan-2011

05:41

x86

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7601.21642

3,911,040

15-Jan-2011

05:41

x86

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7600.20881

11,132,288

15-Jan-2011

05:24

IA-64

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7601.21642

11,117,440

15-Jan-2011

05:19

IA-64

Ntkrnlpa.exe

6.1.7600.20881

3,966,848

15-Jan-2011

05:42

x86

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7600.20881

3,911,552

15-Jan-2011

05:42

x86

Ntkrnlpa.exe

6.1.7601.21642

3,966,848

15-Jan-2011

05:41

x86

Ntoskrnl.exe

6.1.7601.21642

3,911,040

15-Jan-2011

05:41

x86

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 processorsFor more information about NUMA support, visit the following Microsoft webpage:

Introduction to NUMA supportFor 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

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,773

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_0be3b31ce57dddff66e7b02a5841d48c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_45f337fe36143501.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

697

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_1fe6c58d848099eefbc8fbe27fcdc9b9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_eeb7ae2575aee58f.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

717

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_d3af10651bbe8a0ccb129a8396a2350e_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_1c3c7a4ca7b8b04c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

697

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_6c8c5aff2e97d6e3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

16,151

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:12

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_6e9ef7ff2b9cec62.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

16,151

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:10

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-r..gistry-trustedtypes_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_8459f2f1a8dce17d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

8,047

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:02

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_0be3b31ce57dddff66e7b02a5841d48c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_a211d381ee71a637.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

699

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_3200bad32f841f4b7e3bd841c42cd274_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_f2ace418d8ac483b.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,042

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_6fb4f877b0fd6edcbe654eb20a9d9600_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_586aa6f2ebb02c66.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

701

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_74c473f9613f7f852b202b0465b7552c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_2ee926e5aeb74f9d.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,042

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_9abd0ad9b1b53801d82f1b1c9f580bf1_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_ee0aa97cb9b76ac4.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

721

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_d3af10651bbe8a0ccb129a8396a2350e_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_785b15d060162182.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

699

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_ea8a701022bee9bf0a49925fd44e2fd8_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_fdc2b92ab445350e.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

701

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_c8aaf682e6f54819.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

15,291

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:06

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_cabd9382e3fa5d98.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

15,291

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:09

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-r..gistry-trustedtypes_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_e0788e75613a52b3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

8,049

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:55

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not applicable

File size

3,215

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_6c8c5aff2e97d6e3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

16,151

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:12

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_6e9ef7ff2b9cec62.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

16,151

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:10

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_0be3b31ce57dddff66e7b02a5841d48c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_45f4dbf436123dfd.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

698

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_5bbd293266a21f1cf04f4020231c022b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_bcb9623d7d093a1c.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

719

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_d3af10651bbe8a0ccb129a8396a2350e_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_1c3e1e42a7b6b948.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

698

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_dbaf2772e650c6dc98206f753c8ecacd_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_6b929c4015120618.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

699

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_e82eb95e957e4b279b307681a64c98f7_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_34025de633f5f3a1.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

699

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_6c8dfef52e95dfdf.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

15,289

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:54

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_6ea09bf52b9af55e.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

15,289

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

07:03

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-r..gistry-trustedtypes_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_845b96e7a8daea79.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

8,048

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:46

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not applicable

File size

2,170

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

14:28

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20881_none_6c8c5aff2e97d6e3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

16,151

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:12

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21642_none_6e9ef7ff2b9cec62.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

16,151

Date (UTC)

15-Jan-2011

Time (UTC)

06:10

Platform

Not applicable

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