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vmware player 4 (free) now out - - Windows 8 WORKS as vm


jimbo45

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Hi all
to those who don't want to shell out dollars for a purchase or upgrade of vmware workstation version 8 the FREE latest version of vmware PLAYER (version 4) works just fine.

Note however that while you CAN create vm's you don't get the full features of the paid for work station product such as "Cloning", "snapshots", Teams etc etc.

For testing current version of W8 this might not be a drawback to a lot of people so if you like using vm's under vmware the latest version of vmware player is just fine too --- did another install just recently of W8 so I have one under Esxi and another as a guest on W7 x-64.

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Wow, been waiting for a newer version for ages. Been stuck at 3.14 since march. :rolleyes:

Where's the link for it? All I see is 3.14 still....

Did you get it through the programs updater?
 

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Yep, not sure where you're getting it at. Even checked for updates within 3.14 - No updates available.
 

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I cant find anything on the vmware site about this :(

Do you have a link Jimbo?
Yep, not sure where you're getting it at. Even checked for updates within 3.14 - No updates available.
Agreed the vmware site requires you to log in or register to be able to download the latest version and 3.14 was the latest version available.
 

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Think it's only available through vmware workstation 8. It's included in there, but there is no stand alone vmware player 4 available at this time yet.
 

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Hi all
Made a small error

It's included in the vmware workstation package

But if you download the trial you can get it .

as a long time user of vmware I went for the full upgrade and it's in there.

It should be available soon via stand alone download.

I'm not sure if the vmware player included expires when the trial does -- if it doesn't then grab the trial.

However to re-assure those vmplayer 4 DOES work with W8.

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Hi there
vmserver l has an OLDER code base than vmware 7.1 so it won't work until vmware server code base is updated.
I'm afraid at the moment as far as vmware is concerned you have to use vmware workstation 8 or wait until the stand alone version of vmplayer V4 is released.

I wouldn't hold out much hope of seeing an updated version of vmware server since the emphasis is on using ESXi (also free) but it's a bit fiddly to get Esxi to work --you need at least a white box and a compatable network card --the Intel PRO ones usually work.

I suspect that vmware server is on its way to being phased out now in any case.

You CAN run ESxi as a virtual machine but then having another virtual machine on this rather reduces performance to nothing better than just a POC (Proff of concept) that W8 will actually boot and start.



Cheers
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With Server, W7 is not listed as the OS to based your install on so i used Vista and it works (not that i think it matters), so i expected W8 to work but it seems something in the iso is preventing it.
 

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you CANNOT use any version of vmware earlier than 8.0, vmware server or vmplayer earlier than version 4.

You *might* get it to work on Virtual Box --don't know as I haven't tried.

the OS installs from the ISO installs just fine.

Just set your vm up to "Windows 7" and tick "I will install the OS later.
define the disk drive sizes and click the "I will install the OS later".

set the ISO you have created to a Virtual ISO if you are not using a physical ISO of the W7 image.

The Downloaded ISO mounts fine as a DVD drive in the VM.

Set the VM to boot up from the DVD device and simply power it on.

Install the W8 as you did W7 or any other OS

If it asks for a serial number just skip --it shouldn't but some people get the prompt.

Then about 10 - 15 mins later the OS is installed and you should be able to boot it.

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My VMWare Player updated to v4 this morning. Install Win8 as win7 but don't do the automatic install. Create the VM then attach the ISO and fire up the machine. It installed fine and the guest additions can be installed also.
 

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There is a link:
For those who want player 4 standalone try this post:

VMware Communities: Getting VMWare Player 4 working
(hope it's still valid)

The first link shows vmware player 4 + the tools all tar-zipped exes. It is the official site and worked for me.
The tools silently install, they don't give any confirmation but work well.

Good luck.
 

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If you don't download the tools separately Player will download only the ones needed for the current machine when you create it.
 

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