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

  1. #11

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    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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  2. #12

    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox

    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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  3. #13

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    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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  4. #14

    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox

    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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