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Building Windows 8 VM in a 4.1 virtual environment

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My boss has asked me to set up a few Windows 8 virtual machines so we can start getting the feel of it. He wants workstation and server and gave me to links to download the ISOs. The troube is, we are using VMWARE 4.1 and when I go to create a virtual machine there is not WINDOWS 8 under the GUEST OPERATING SYSTEM drop down menu. Is it possible to install Windows 8 in a 4.1 environment? What do I select as the drop down?
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I already have it done using VMware Workstation V8.0.2. The Windows 8 .ISO installed just fine.

I did one try as "Other 64-bit" which failed, and then I installed it as "Windows 7 64-bit" and then the Windows 8 .ISO installed just fine. Since there is no Windows 8 pick, and since Other 64-bit failed, Windows 7 seemed the next likely choice.

There was a new Workstation version out this week or late last week, and so you should look to see if a V4 upgrade is available.

If you cannot do it with V4 (ESX I assume you mean) then try Workstation.

I am posting this with Windows 8 and IE V10. .... Thinkpads_User
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Ive got this to work in workstation 8 and all is very good. Just make sure you remove the floppy drive from the config as it can ask for a key otherwise. Strange but true
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If you install from .ISO, it will ask for a key, but that key is readily available from the download site and works (I used it). .... Thinkpads_User
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I booted from the ISO with no trouble, only when the floppy wasset as an active device ;')
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I'm just checking the new build of ESXi 4.1 Build 582267 which was released by VMware 30/01/2012, to see if it now supports Windows 8.0.

ESXi 4.1 Build 502767 does not support Windows 8.0.
ESXi 4.1 Build 582267 does not support Windows 8.0.
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Updated and Checked.

ESXi 4.1 Build 582267 does not support Windows 8.0.
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So then, Thor2923, use VMware Workstation V8.0.2 and it should all work to your satisfaction. I have it running.

Assuming you get Windows 8 going, be sure not to trip over the Start button.

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In Summary in Answer to your querstion

"Is it possible to install Windows 8 in a 4.1 environment?"

Unfortunately, No.

Workarounds, your options, as originally stated in http:#a37666206

1. ESXi 5.0 Build 515841
2. VMware Workstation 8.0
3. VMware Player 4.0
4. Configure and use VMware Workstation 8.0 as a nested Hypervisor in a virtual machine in ESXi 4.1 (performance will be slow).
5. Physical Desktop.

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May already be "solved" but you can actually install the current version of Windows 8 on an ESXi v4.1 server.

You need to download the bios.440.rom and copy it to the same location as your VMWare machine files are.

Then under the Advance / General options for the VM session, click the Configuration Parameters. Edit or create the following entries:

bios440.filename = bios.440.rom
mce.enable = TRUE
cpuid.hypervisor.v0 = FALSE
vmGenCounter.enable = FALSE

Then the session runs fine as a new install or from a converted computer/session.

Haven't tested this for Windows 2012 Server, but no issues with Windows 8 yet.

This info is not my own, but was posted in this thread by jmattson:

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/394669

That is also where to get the ROM image since this site won't allow .rom files as attachments

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