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Can I use F keys in a VM?

  1. #11


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player



    Told you I was new to this stuff!

    Can you tell me what file I am looking for and where I should find it. This is the only file I can see that has VMX. I can't see anything like it in the Programs folder.

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  2. #12


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,586
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    It should be in Documents\Virtual Machines then a folder with the same name as your VM. So if you have a vm called Win 10, look in: C:\users\[your user name]\Documents\Virtual Machines\Win 10

    The filename would be "Win 10.vmx" in this case.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I suspect you make that more complicated than necessary. If you worry about your VMware Player Win10 installation being corrupted one day, it is a lot easier to make frequent copies of your virtual machine folder (that's like an image) and roll one of those back in when disaster strikes. But maybe you had some other scenario in mind.
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  4. #14


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    It should be in Documents\Virtual Machines then a folder with the same name as your VM. So if you have a vm called Win 10, look in: C:\users\[your user name]\Documents\Virtual Machines\Win 10

    The filename would be "Win 10.vmx" in this case.
    I put the VM on a separate partition Q. It is called Windows 10.

    These are all the files I have. The last one on the list is the one I already pasted an extract from.

    Click image for larger version
    Looks like I don't have this file??

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I suspect you make that more complicated than necessary. If you worry about your VMware Player Win10 installation being corrupted one day, it is a lot easier to make frequent copies of your virtual machine folder (that's like an image) and roll one of those back in when disaster strikes. But maybe you had some other scenario in mind.
    For my Windows 10 VM I think you are correct, Wolfgang, and that regular copies of the folder is the best option.

    But you are also correct in wondering about another scenario, which I was thinking the .vmx file addition could aid:

    We are also trying to create a Linux VM on another laptop. The laptop specs are the same as the ones given here except that it still has am OEM installation. Also it is not partitioned and we can not do this as there seem to be immovable files in inconvenient places.

    We have installed VMWare player and tried to create the Linux OS (Mint, 17, Cinnamon, Rebecca) but we are hitting problems. We've had error messages about not enough virtual memory (want to allocate 2gb out of 8gb, but only 0.5gb was possible for some reason). We've also had the following error message:

    Click image for larger version

    None of these issues arose when I created the first VM with W10, and as we are new to VMs we don't know how to resolve the errors, but on another thread Jimbo had suggested booting from a usb with Linux on it to try different distros, so we thought that could be an alternative option. But the challenge was to get into the BIOS of the VM to change the boot order, which was proving impossible. Hence looking at adding a line to the .vmx file, which had been suggested in response to my original, W10 VM related question.

    But unless the .vmx file can be created by setting up a new VM without installing an OS during setup, I'm not sure that it will solve the problem anyway.

    I had tried to find a step by step guide to installing a Linux O.S on a VM (like the one you did for W10) but couldn't.

    I didn't want to get into the Linux challenge on another thread until I had checked out the .vmx option here.

    I hope all that makes sense, and would appreciate any guidance you can offer to solve the challenges.
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  5. #15


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    ...
    These are all the files I have. The last one on the list is the one I already pasted an extract from.

    Click image for larger version
    Looks like I don't have this file?? ...
    Ah, now I see what the problem is. Windows stupid default is to hide file extensions. One of the very first things I do in a new install is to enable file extensions in Explorer. The file you want is the 2nd to the last file in your list.

    To enable file extensions, expand the ribbon using the little arrowhead on the right, then select the View tab, then put a check in the box labeled "File name extensions".
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  6. #16


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thank you!

    After a glitch when I double clicked on the file and it opened the VM, followed by several failed attempts to hit F2 at the right moment I finally managed to get into the Boot menu .

    I wasn't able to get a screenshot (too confused by that point ) but would like to check if I got it right:

    At the top was something like Removable Devices - Legacy, then Hard Drive, then CD.

    I have moved CD to above Hard Drive but left the Removable Devices as the first entry. Is that okay, or should CD be the very first?
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  7. #17


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,586
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    It doesn't matter, if you plugged in a thumb drive it would first try to boot from that, then try the CD then try the hdd.
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  8. #18


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    It should be in Documents\Virtual Machines then a folder with the same name as your VM. So if you have a vm called Win 10, look in: C:\users\[your user name]\Documents\Virtual Machines\Win 10

    The filename would be "Win 10.vmx" in this case.
    I put the VM on a separate partition Q. It is called Windows 10.

    These are all the files I have. The last one on the list is the one I already pasted an extract from.

    Click image for larger version
    Looks like I don't have this file??

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I suspect you make that more complicated than necessary. If you worry about your VMware Player Win10 installation being corrupted one day, it is a lot easier to make frequent copies of your virtual machine folder (that's like an image) and roll one of those back in when disaster strikes. But maybe you had some other scenario in mind.
    For my Windows 10 VM I think you are correct, Wolfgang, and that regular copies of the folder is the best option.

    But you are also correct in wondering about another scenario, which I was thinking the .vmx file addition could aid:

    We are also trying to create a Linux VM on another laptop. The laptop specs are the same as the ones given here except that it still has am OEM installation. Also it is not partitioned and we can not do this as there seem to be immovable files in inconvenient places.

    We have installed VMWare player and tried to create the Linux OS (Mint, 17, Cinnamon, Rebecca) but we are hitting problems. We've had error messages about not enough virtual memory (want to allocate 2gb out of 8gb, but only 0.5gb was possible for some reason). We've also had the following error message:

    Click image for larger version

    None of these issues arose when I created the first VM with W10, and as we are new to VMs we don't know how to resolve the errors, but on another thread Jimbo had suggested booting from a usb with Linux on it to try different distros, so we thought that could be an alternative option. But the challenge was to get into the BIOS of the VM to change the boot order, which was proving impossible. Hence looking at adding a line to the .vmx file, which had been suggested in response to my original, W10 VM related question.

    But unless the .vmx file can be created by setting up a new VM without installing an OS during setup, I'm not sure that it will solve the problem anyway.

    I had tried to find a step by step guide to installing a Linux O.S on a VM (like the one you did for W10) but couldn't.

    I didn't want to get into the Linux challenge on another thread until I had checked out the .vmx option here.

    I hope all that makes sense, and would appreciate any guidance you can offer to solve the challenges.
    I think I can help you.

    1. Here is a step by step tutorial I made for installing Linux. It also contains the instructions on how to install the VMware Tools for Mint.

    2. But I you are really stuck, download a ready made Minr system from my OneDrive. Then you have to only attach the .vmx file. Detailed instructions and the files are here.

    Note: At my OneDrive - when you left click on the tile, you can watch it in the browser - when you right click on the tile, you can download the PDF.
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  9. #19


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    It doesn't matter, if you plugged in a thumb drive it would first try to boot from that, then try the CD then try the hdd.
    Ok thanks, I will give this a try. I do find it a bit confusing, because from what I've read I set the boot order to boot from a CD first but then I'm actually using a .iso file on a usb thumb drive and not an actual CD/DVD.

    It's all good learning though .
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  10. #20


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think I can help you.

    1. Here is a step by step tutorial I made for installing Linux. It also contains the instructions on how to install the VMware Tools for Mint.

    2. But I you are really stuck, download a ready made Minr system from my OneDrive. Then you have to only attach the .vmx file. Detailed instructions and the files are here.

    Note: At my OneDrive - when you left click on the tile, you can watch it in the browser - when you right click on the tile, you can download the PDF.
    Thank you Wolfgang, we will have a look at the video first and try to achieve the install ourselves. I found your videos for the W10 install on VMware easy to follow, so am confident that the Linux ones will be the same .
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