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intelppm.sys – Windows XP Virtual Machine Startup issues

I recently faced this issue…
Windows XP Virtual Machine starts up well in the safe mode + Network, but fails in the normal mode


  1. Copied VM files running on powerful server machine to my desktop
  2. Copied the hard disk (.vdi) files to my desktop
  3. Created a Windows XP virtual machine on my desktop and mapped .vdi files
  4. Tried starting the vm, but it fails with a blue screen error stating

Work Around

  1. In the safe mode go to start->regedit.exe
  2. Go to, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Intelppm
  3. Change the ‘Start’ value to ‘4’
  4. Restart the server, it works!

Other Solutions on the Net

There are other solutions on the net, above work around worked for me. If it doesn’t work, try your luck with below solutions:

Alternate Solution 1:
  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Processor, Change the ‘Start’ value to ‘4
Alternate Solution 2:
  1. F8 on startup
  2. Select boot in Safe Mode + Networking
  3. Go to %Systemroot%\Inf\ and delete all OEM#.inf
  4. Search for intelppm.sys in the %Systemroot% (search for hidden directories and system files)
  5. Delete the 3 results of intelppm.sys
  6. Reboot the OS normally
I found the alternate solutions here
Hope this helps
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