Windows Vista Install Error – This computer is not compliant with the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) standard

While installing Windows Vista on a computer (on that I had previously had a copy of Vista installed on) I ran into the following error while installing Vista from while running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). I tried installing Vista on this machine by booting from a CD, and by installing Vista from within Windows XP.

While booting from CD, I’d get a Blue Screen everytime, and when installing from within Windows XP SP2, I’d get the following message:

You must make the following changes before installing Windows:

This computer is not compliant with the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) standard. Windows must be installed onto a computer that supports ACPI. Contact your computer manufacturer for a BIOS update or install Windows on an ACPI-compliant computer.

The compatibility report will be saved to the Windows desktop.

My computer is running an ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard with and AMD Athlon 3700+ processor, 1GB of RAM, so on and so forth. I went into my BIOS and verified that it was ACPI compliant, tried installing again with no luck. The solution to my problem was as follows:

Solution

Tweak your serial and parallel port settings in the BIOS. I changed my parallel port from IRQ5 to IRQ7 along with some other setting that I can’t remember offhand (I don’t think it really matters because nobody uses parallel ports anymore anyways) so just tweak away. After changing these setting, I booted up from the Windows Vista CD and was able to install everything just fine with no quirks.

5 thoughts on “Windows Vista Install Error – This computer is not compliant with the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) standard”

  1. You typically get into the BIOS by pressing the delete key (or sometimes one of the functions keys… F2, F3, etc.) right when the computer first turns on.

    The parallel port info should be in the advanced settings somewhere. I’ll see if I can round up some screenshots.

  2. i using inter 31PR mother board, with 3 GB ram, in installing windows 7 i have a error like this “This computer is not compliant with the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) standard. Windows must be installed onto a computer that supports ACPI. Contact your computer manufacturer for a BIOS update or install Windows on an ACPI-compliant computer” how can i rectify it now

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