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VMware Player - Install Windows 8

  1. #10


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)


    Good, I'm just paranoid!

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  2. #11


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)


    YAY, It worked!
    Last edited by Tekno Venus; 15 May 2012 at 15:37.
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  3. #12


    Primrose Hill, London
    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Professional x64 - XP SP3 & Windows 8 CP on VMWare Player


    Thanks Brink. I followed your instructions but kept getting stalled at step 16.
    There's nothing wrong with your instructions since many others seem delighted, so it must be me.
    In desperation I burnt the ISO to another disk and installed the EXE(?) in the same way I have installed XP and Ubuntu and it worked a treat.
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  4. #13


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Prospero, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What was happening at step 16 that didn't work for you? If we can find out, I may be able to update the steps to help others avoid the same issue you had.
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  5. #14


    Primrose Hill, London
    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Professional x64 - XP SP3 & Windows 8 CP on VMWare Player


    Hi Brink and thanks for the swift reply.
    The virtual machine for Windows 8 installed fine with the OS to be installed later.
    I loaded the ISO image DVD and installation appeared to progress up to the point where I got a message at the "Update" window to the effect that I should rerun the procedure and reload the ISO DVD and start again.
    No matter what I tried I couldn't get past that point.
    I hope this explains my problem.
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  6. #15


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what "Update" window you are referring to. Could you give more details about it?

    You may have had a corrupted ISO, and needed to redownload another clean copy.
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  7. #16


    Primrose Hill, London
    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Professional x64 - XP SP3 & Windows 8 CP on VMWare Player


    It's during the Window 8 installation section.
    I could enter the product key code and when I proceeded to the Upgrade/Custom screen, I clicked Upgrade, I was told to remove the disc and start the installation over again.
    I couldn't get past that point.
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  8. #17


    I had the same problem when I first tried and it was because I set the ISO to load straight up, if you ensure you do step 4 in the tutorial and click "I will install the operating system later" then you should install fine without the key prompt.
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  9. #18


    Toronto
    Posts : 20
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    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?
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  10. #19


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)


    Quote Originally Posted by blackcherry View Post
    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?
    Works fine with the 64bit version, can't say for the 32bit

    Stephen
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