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VMware Player - Install Windows 8

  1. #20


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    64-bit Windows 10


    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?

    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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  2. #21


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    Windows 8 Pro


    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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  3. #22

    Excellent guide!


    Thank you very much, very useful and clear guide!

    Max
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  4. #23


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Max, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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  5. #24


    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro


    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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  6. #25


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    You're welcome PCG. I'm glad it could help.
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  7. #26


    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro


    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,


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  8. #27


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    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  9. #28


    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro


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

    Thanks!
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  10. #29


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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