ESXi 4.1 & OEM Windows 7, get stop error when booting from system image after restore
Posted on 2011-03-21
Do I need to do something special to run a Windows 7 VM that was an HP OEM copy?
I purchased an HP Pavilion (AMD Anthlon II) with Windows 7 Home. I did the install and installed all the updates. Then I used windows backup to make a system image. I then installed ESXi 4.1 on the Pavilion (overlaying the Win7) and loaded other VM's within it. Now I am trying to load the the windows 7 from the system image. It loads but gets a BSOD (stop 225). Repair options processed for 5-10 minutes but I get the same problem.
I installed the Win7 from the System Image over top the ESXi, and Windows 7 comes up OK (the backup isnt bad). I have reinstalled the ESXi and gone production so I am not able to do that again.
I also tried to install from another Windows 7 using Converter Standalone. It didnt work.
Is there something I need to do, or is the OEM blocked from being installed in a VM, even on the original hardware?