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How to unistall VMware esx server 3i

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I download an evaluation copy of the VMware ESX server 3i version 3.5 and Virtual Center 2.5. It was installed in a laptop with the idea of installing another OS as virtual machine. Now overytime I boot up the laptop I can get ONLY to the VMware ESX server 3i console without possibility of getting to windows.
VMware people they dont offer any support to evaluation product and the KB on the website are not help either. Could anybody tell me how to uninstall VMware complete or bypass it so I can get to Windows.
Any help will be appreciate.
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I would think that using the repair console and doing

fixmbr
fixboot

should resolve the issue if Windows is still on the machine and was not wiped by VMWARE


I hope this helps !
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by:judojd
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Thanks for the idea but windows doesn't see my HD now.
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Then you have lost your windows, and will need to reinstall after wiping the drive.

Do you have a backup image of the windows install or repair CD ? ?

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by:paulsolov
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ESXi is a bare metal Operating System meaning that you will need to re-install windows from scratch.  If you have windows disk you may also need a windows driver and press F6 to install the driver, especially if you have a SATA controller in the laptop.
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Thanks for all your answers. I do have a copy of my HD. Is a boomer...
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As stated ESXi is a baremetal OS, what ever was on you HDD was over written when ESXi was installed.
ESXi is free, it does however require you to apply a license file. You can obtain this from VMware at no cost.
Once you have licensed your ESXi installation you may wonder why from your laptop you can't get to your Windows Guest session.
You will need to use another PC to access your Laptop over the network.
On the other PC open a browser and point it to your LAPtops IP, this will give you the opertunity to install the VI client.
The VI Client is the tool you use to manage ESXi, install new guest OS's etc.
Hope this helps
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