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How to Increase the Number of Child Processes in Interix

Article ID: 254471

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q254471

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


This article describes how to increase the number of child processes that are forked to support additional resources. You can use this procedure if you are adding a high number of print servers.


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

If you increase the number of child processes that are forked, you can significantly increase memory usage and system requirements. To increase the number of child processes:

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Locate and click the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Softway Systems\Interix\MaxProc

  3. On the Edit menu, click DWORD, type a value up to 1000, and then click OK.
  4. Quit Registry Editor.

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