Hi by another number of CPU's do you mean a new CPU? I have tried both IBM and Intel partitioners, they have a similar issue. by parallel method do you refer to running parallels with multiple PCs, as I probably do not have access to that. I can try disabling firewalls, defenders and antiviruses; but I tried that before and it had no success. Is there anything else anyone here can think of or anyway to get more help on this? Thank you.n