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(2011-09-26) Windows (Server) 8 Developer Preview And VMware Workstation

Posted by Jorge on 2011-09-26


If you want to try out Windows (Server) 8 Developer Preview and you are a VMware Workstation fan, like me, then you need at least VMware Workstation 8. VMware Workstation 8 does not list Windows (Server) 8 as an OS, but it works when you respectively specify Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 as the VM guest OS. With lower versions of VMware Workstation (lower then v8.x) as soon as you start the Windows (Server) 8 VM guest, VMware Workstation throws an error. With VMware Workstation 8 that does not happen/occur.

However, with VMware Workstation 8, as soon as you install the VMware Tools the screen of the VM guest turns black at some point in time and I have not been able to solve it. After a reboot, the screen of the VM guest still remains black. To still be able to install VMware Tools without the screen of the VM guest turning black, you should choose “Custom Install” (instead of “Typical Install” or “Full Install”) and deselect the display driver. After that everything should be OK.

Cheers,
Jorge
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2 Responses to “(2011-09-26) Windows (Server) 8 Developer Preview And VMware Workstation”

  1. Jorge – i ran the VMTools in compatibility mode with Windows 7 and it worked fine.

    Cheers Chris

  2. Jorge said

    Hey Chris,

    I’m not sure I fully understand your scenario, but my scenario is/was:
    [1] Host OS = Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (x64)
    [2] Guest VM OS = Windows (Server) 8 (x64)
    [3] With VMware Workstation 7.x on host OS using guest VM OS –> FAIL
    [4] With VMware Workstation 8.x on host OS using guest VM OS –> SUCCESS

    With [4] I was able to install VMTools as I descrive above.

    Chers,
    Jorge

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