Live 8 does not launch on a Xeon CPU based PC

  • Live Versions: 8
  • Operating System: WIN


Live 8.4.x does not boot on Xeon based computers (with 32 virtual cores).


Live 9 supports hyper-threading on Xeon equipped machines out of the box. Live 8 does not, you need to activate it manually.


Create a plain text file, labeled "Options.txt" and place it into this directory:

Windows XP

\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Ableton\Live 8.4.x\Preferences\

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live 8.4.x\Preferences\

Enter the following text string to the document:


Now, please restart Live. It should boot normally and initialize all components as expected.

Additional Information

Live's Options.txt file

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