Tutorial: Install Windows in UEFI mode as a virtual machine.

Here we are, we want to test the new UEFI installation of Windows (Vista, 7, 8 and later) on out pc.

If we don't have UEFI natively, or even if we do, we can test this under a virtual machine in VMware Player.
Keep in mind that UEFI in VM's is disabled by default.

Used software: VMware Player 5.0.1 (this translates to VMware Workstation 9.0.1 for the Workstation users).
We create a new VM for this purpose with one of the supported OS types.

Don't enable UEFI under a standard (older) virtual machine that is already installed or used because it will not boot anymore!

How to enable UEFI in Player:
We use VM_Tweaker and open our virtual machine's VMX (settings) file with it.
(this is a followup on the VM Tweaker tweaks I discovered here).

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In this example, it's a Win7 x64 machine (beta 7000 more precisely, long expired, but it's just a test for UEFI boot).

After marking in the check-box, we click apply changes.

Then the file will be saved. If we search for the changes, there will be a new setting available:
Code:
firmware = "efi"
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We start up the machine with the installer disk and install Windows normally.

After all is done, we check the partitions in the VM's Disk Management just to confirm.

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Yes. The expected EFI System Partition is there.

That concludes this example. It works.
We can use this type of VM install since Windows Vista, so our Windows 7 and Windows 8 will work fine and we don't need to worry about SecureBoot in a VM because is not needed or mentioned in this steps.


That's it.
Hopachi