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VMware Workstation 3.2
If your host computer has more than one processor and one of the operating systems on the computer is Windows NT 4.0, you encounter problems when you try to run that operating system as a VMware Workstation guest operating system running from a raw disk. Typically, you see an error message like "This HAL DLL requires MPS version 1.1 system" when you try to boot the guest operating system.
The hardware abstraction layer (HAL) installed on your physical computer for Windows NT is for multiprocessor systems (MPS). But the VMware Workstation virtual machine uses only one processor.
It is possible to work around this problem by adding uniprocessor support to your Windows NT configuration.
Warning: These instructions are intended for expert Windows NT users and administrators only. The instructions below do not apply to systems running Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows .NET Server.
You should be familiar with low-level operation of Windows NT and be familiar with modifying boot.ini parameters. You also need to be aware if your system is not a standard PC and thus requires a special uniprocessor hardware abstraction layer (HAL). If it does require a special HAL, you will need to ensure you use the correct hal.dll and NTOSKRNL.EXE for your computer.
These instructions apply to Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, both Workstation and Server releases.
To allow the use of a uniprocessor HAL and kernel files, follow these steps: