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How to Install Windows 8 and 8.1 on VMware Player

information   Information
This will show you how to install either the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 8 and 8.1 as a virtual machine in the free program VMware Player.

Note   Note
Host System Requirements
The physical computer on which you install Player is called the host system and its operating system is called the host operating system. To run Player, the host system and the host operating system must meet specific hardware and software requirements.

Processor Requirements for Host Systems
You must install Player on a host system that meets certain processor requirements.

Supported Processors

  • The host system must have a 64-bit x86 CPU that meets the following requirements.
  • LAHF/SAHF support in long mode
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • Multiprocessor systems are supported.
  • When you install Player, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a supported processor.
  • You cannot install Player if the host system does not meet the processor requirements.

Processor Requirements for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems
The operating system that runs inside a virtual machine is called the guest operating system. To run 64-bit guest operating systems, the host system must have one of the following processors. You can also run a 64-bit guest on a 32-bit host if the host computer meets these requirements.

  • An AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long mode enabled in BIOS or UEFI
  • An Intel CPU that has VT-x support enabled in BIOS or UEFI
  • 4 GB of RAM

Tip   Tip
If you have problems running VMware Player while logged in a standard user account, then log out of the standard user account, log in as an administrator, and add the user name of the standard user account to be a member of the __vmware__ group. When you log back on to the standard user account, you should be able to run it without issue now.


How to Add or Remove User Accounts from Groups in Windows 7 and Vista



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Videos:
NOTE: Videos provided by our member Wolfgang (aka: whs). Thank you.

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Here's How:


1. If you have not already, then you will need the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO file version you want, and save it to your desktop (ex: Windows 7 or Vista).


2. If you have not already, then download and install the latest version of the free VMware Player.
NOTE: If you already have VMware Player installed, then you can click/tap on Help (menu bar) -> Software Updates to update it to the latest version.


3. When you run VMware Player, click/tap on the Create a New Virtual Machine option in the right pane. (see screenshot below)
Step-1.jpg


4. Select (dot) the I will install the operating system later. option, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step2.jpg


5. Select (dot) Microsoft Windows, select Windows 8 if you have a 32-bit ISO (step 1) or Windows 8 (64-bit) if you have a 64-bit ISO, then click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
Step-3A.jpgStep-3B.jpg


6. Type in a name (ex: Windows 8) for the virtual machine, click/tap on Browse, select the folder that you want to install the virtual machines's VHD file to and click/tap on OK, then click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step4.jpg


7. Select how many GB (ex: 60GB) that you want for the maximum size of the virtual disk, select (dot) Store virtual disk as a single file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default size is 60 GB. For 32-bit Windows 8, 20 GB should be the minimum. For 64-bit Windows 8, 25 GB should be the minimum.


Step5.jpg


8. Click/tap on the Customize Hardware button. (see screenshot below)
Step6.jpg


9. Click/tap on Memory in the left pane, select or type in how much of your computer's RAM (1024MB = 1GB) you would like for the virtual machine to use when it's running. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: I would recommend to use at minimum 1GB. Ideally, 3GB for 32-bit and 4GB for 64-bit would be the sweet spot if you have plenty of RAM (ex: 8GB+) installed on your computer and can spare it to be used by the virtual machine.
Step7.jpg


10. Click/tap on Processors in the left pane, select or type in how many of your computer's CPU processor cores you would like for the virtual machine to use when it's running. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: By default, you will use at minimum 1. Ideally, 2 to 3 cores would be the sweet spot if you have a multicore CPU with enough cores to spare to be used by the virtual machine instead of your computer (host).
Step8.jpg


11. Click/tap on New CD/DVD in the left pane, select (dot) Use ISO image file, then click/tap on Browse. Navigate to and select the Windows 8 ISO from step 1 above, and click/tap on Open. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)
Step9A.jpgBrowse.jpg


12. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)
Step10.jpg


13. In the left pane double click/tap on the new Windows 8 virtual machine to play (start) it.
Step11.jpg


14. If prompted to install the VMware Tools for Windows 2000 and later, then click/tap on Download and Install. When it's finished, click/tap on Close. (see screenshots below)
Step13A.jpg
Step13B.jpg


15. From here, you will just need to finish doing a clean install of Windows 8 as you normally would install it.


16. When you are finished installing Windows 8 and logged on to Windows 8, click/tap on either the Install Tools button at the bottom, or the Virtual Machine (menu bar) -> Install VMware Tools option at the top. (see screenshot below)
Step12.jpg

17. Click/tap on the DVD Drive (D) DVD Drive VMware Tools toast notification at the top right corner. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not see this, then click on the Windows Explorer app on the Metro Start screen, click on Computer in the navigation pane, and double click on DVD Drive VMware Tools to Autorun it.
tools-1.jpg


18. Click/tap on the Run.... AutoPlay option to start installing the VMWare Tools. (see screenshot below)
tools-2.jpg


19. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)
Step15.jpg


20. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step16.jpg


21. Select (dot) Typical, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Step17.jpg


22. Click/tap on Install. (see screenshot below)
Step18.jpg


23. When VMware Tools is finished installing, click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)
Step19.jpg


24. Click/tap on Yes to restart the Windows 8 virtual machine to apply the VMware Tools. (see screenshot below)
Step20.jpg


25. Enjoy your new 32-bit or 64- bit Windows 8 virtual machine on VMware Player.



That's it,
Shawn




 

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Great thread, thanks for the tutorial. I followed this to install Windows 8 RP on VMware Player 4.0.3 build-703057 (latest Linux version installed on CentOS 6). Under VirtualBox, I kept getting interrmitent hangs, more often than not, when booting Windows 8. This happenned on both CP and RP versions. But with VMware Player, the Release Preview of Win 8 boots successfully for me every time.

One problem I encountered though, is with 32 bit VMware tools. I was able to mount and install, but towards the end of the install my Win 8 started alternating between a blue and black screen and I couldn't do anything but power off the VM. When I rebooted, I got the same thing and basically my system was toast. I had to mash shift-F8 several times at boot to force the recovery screen, and then use the advanced options to invoke a restore point from before the VMware tools install.

Anyone else have any problems with the 32 bit version of VMware Tools on the new Win 8 Release Preview?


Hello Blackcherry,

I had no issues installing a 32-bit W8 RP on VMware 4.0.3 build-703057 with the VMware Tools on my 64-bit Windows 7. I used the same steps in the tutorial doing it.

Hope this may help some,
Shawn
 

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Frank1

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Brink—you’re instructions were right on. I got Win 8 installed and it works just fine. I’m posting this so that others don’t make the same mistake that I did. I read your instructions part way until I thought that I knew what to do from then on. When it came to installing, I did not choose Clean Install, I chose the other option. I tried several times but couldn’t get it to install. So I decided to read your instruction to the end. I then noticed where you said to choose Clean Install. I did that and it went smoothly. So to other members who read your tutorial, my suggestion is to read it completely and follow it to the letter. It will work.
 

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Brink

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You're most welcome Max, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

PCG

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Shawn -- This is great information, easy to follow with good results. It took me a very short time to get this installed and up-and-running.

Thank you!
 

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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Dell Studio XPS 8100 in Corsair 200R Case
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-860 processor, (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
    Motherboard
    Dell (Chicony - DH57M01)
    Memory
    Corsair 16GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz-4x4GB
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    nVidia GeForce GTX 760, 2GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    OEM Integrated
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    Dell ST2410, 24" Flat Panel Monitor
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SSD 840 Pro-MZ-7PD256BW,
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue-WD10EALX,
    2 Western Digital 2TB Black WD2003FZEX,
    1 Western Digital 6TB Green
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    Corsair CX600M (600 Watt)
    Case
    Corsair 200R mid-tower
    Cooling
    OEM
    Internet Speed
    Broadcom Netlink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet Card.
    Other Info
    This Dell XPS 8100 was transplanted in to a Corsair 200R mid-tower case in June 2015; The only Dell remnants are the motherboard and cpu, which will be upgraded some time in the future...

Brink

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You're welcome PCG. I'm glad it could help. :)
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

PCG

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Shawn, I have a couple of follow-up questions regarding my install.

1. During Step 1, I saved the Windows 8 .iso file on my desktop and then in Step 11 I pointed to it as the CD/DVD image to use. Now, when I hover the mouse over the small CD/DVD icon in the top right corner (see snip), I see an indication the file is being used ("CD/DVD (IDE): Using file C:\Users\HomeOffice\Desktop\Windows.iso"). Does this file need to remain on my desktop, or can I remove/delete it?

2. In Step 10, I added "2" processor cores; If I'm reading the specs for my processor correctly, I have 4 total processing cores. Is 2 a good number in my case? So far, the system seems to be running just fine.

Thank you,


CD-DVD.png
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio XPS 8100 in Corsair 200R Case
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-860 processor, (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
    Motherboard
    Dell (Chicony - DH57M01)
    Memory
    Corsair 16GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz-4x4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce GTX 760, 2GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    OEM Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell ST2410, 24" Flat Panel Monitor
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SSD 840 Pro-MZ-7PD256BW,
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue-WD10EALX,
    2 Western Digital 2TB Black WD2003FZEX,
    1 Western Digital 6TB Green
    PSU
    Corsair CX600M (600 Watt)
    Case
    Corsair 200R mid-tower
    Cooling
    OEM
    Internet Speed
    Broadcom Netlink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet Card.
    Other Info
    This Dell XPS 8100 was transplanted in to a Corsair 200R mid-tower case in June 2015; The only Dell remnants are the motherboard and cpu, which will be upgraded some time in the future...

Brink

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Hello PCG,

Q1) After you finish installing Windows 8 in the VM, you no longer need to have the Windows 8 ISO file connected as a DVD, so you can remove/disconnect it if you like.

Q2) Since you have 4 cores, I would say it may be best to use only 1 core so it doesn't take away to much from your computer.
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

PCG

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Okay, great, I'll change the cores to "1" and see how it goes.

Thanks!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio XPS 8100 in Corsair 200R Case
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-860 processor, (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
    Motherboard
    Dell (Chicony - DH57M01)
    Memory
    Corsair 16GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz-4x4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce GTX 760, 2GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    OEM Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell ST2410, 24" Flat Panel Monitor
    Hard Drives
    256GB Samsung SSD 840 Pro-MZ-7PD256BW,
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue-WD10EALX,
    2 Western Digital 2TB Black WD2003FZEX,
    1 Western Digital 6TB Green
    PSU
    Corsair CX600M (600 Watt)
    Case
    Corsair 200R mid-tower
    Cooling
    OEM
    Internet Speed
    Broadcom Netlink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet Card.
    Other Info
    This Dell XPS 8100 was transplanted in to a Corsair 200R mid-tower case in June 2015; The only Dell remnants are the motherboard and cpu, which will be upgraded some time in the future...

Brink

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mvp
You're welcome. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

whs

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I am trying to restore a Macrium image that I took from my first VMware machine into my second VMware machine.

I defined the second virtual machine and ended up with a VMDK of 2.56MB. There seems to be no way to define a fixed VHD of e.g. 25GB like in vBox. So I really wonder how I can restore my image there.
 

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    Vista and Win7
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    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

Brink

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mvp
Hello Wolfgang,

You should be able to select "Store virtual disk as a single file" and set the maximum size you want at step 7 for that. If you did, then the size will grow up to your max.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

whs

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Right, I did that. But initially the VMDK is only 2.56MB. And how is the Macrium recovery program going to work with that. Plus I have not figured out how to mount that VMDK so that Macrium recovery can see it. Disk Management cannot deal with it. Is there a way to define a true VHD in VMware.
 

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  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

Brink

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mvp
You should be able to use "VMware Workstation Disk Mount Utility" to mount the .vmdk file. I don't know how it will go with Macrium recovery, but it should be interesting.

VMware Workstation 5.5 Disk Mount Utility
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

whs

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Thanks, let me try that.
 

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    Vista and Win7
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    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

whs

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The Program does not install. I tried several times. All other programs were closed. I also ran a virus scan which came up with just a few tracking cookies - and rebooted the system.



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Reason why I go thru all this trouble is because when I go back to Germany for the summer, I want to take the Windows 8 image from the VMware machine with me and install it on a VMware on my German desktop. And the same when I later come back to Florida for the winter. That way I do not always have to start from scratch with a new installation and can immediately work with my up-to-date Windows 8 and everything I have installed and tweaked.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

Hopachi

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Right, I did that. But initially the VMDK is only 2.56MB. And how is the Macrium recovery program going to work with that. Plus I have not figured out how to mount that VMDK so that Macrium recovery can see it. Disk Management cannot deal with it. Is there a way to define a true VHD in VMware.

The disk is dynamic so the 2.56MB is only important (statistically) for the host. The VM will see the total (virtual) capacity, way larger of course.

It will work on it.

Why do you need static disks because dynamic ones grow in size rather than use the whole size from begin.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.

Brink

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

whs

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Thanks Shawn. Let's try this. Odd that the MS product does not install. That is the first product I encountered that did not install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

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