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Windows cannot boot with Fatal Error: No Free Memory for XSDT

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac

APPLIES TO:

  • Parallels Desktop

Symptoms

Windows cannot start showing black screen with the error message:

Cause

SLIC loader application that was previously installed on your Windows system doesn't support WAET functionality.

WAET stands for Windows ACPI Emulated Device Table. It is an optimization tool for virtualized guest OS from Microsoft.

Resolution

You can disable WAET support in Parallels Desktop for Mac:

  1. Start Parallels Desktop but do not start Virtual Machine.
  2. Go to menu bar at the top -> Virtual Machine -> Configure... -> Hardware -> Boot Order and find Boot Flags field:

  3. Copy/paste the following line there:

    kernel.waet.enable=0
    
  4. Save the changes and start your virtual machine.

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