install vmware on a windows 8.1 machine

I have installed VMware workstation pro 12 on my windows 8.1 Dell machine.
now trying to create a virtual machine but every option I try fails.
I haven't been able to find simple directions for this and would appreciate any help you can provide
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What is the error message ?

Did you enable Intel VT (Intel Virtutalisation or Hardware Virtualisation) in the BIOS of your Dell Machine.

Does you Dell machine support Intel VT ?
bkreynolds48Author Commented:
I don't know if Intel VT is enabled or not - how do I check?
again - not sure how to find out if my Dell machine support Intel VT
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What is the make and model, processor type ?

error message or screenshot ?

Login into the BIOS! and check!
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bkreynolds48Author Commented:
I found a utility that shows me my machine supports
Intel VT -x with Extended Page Tables

is that  what you are referring to?
Also, if it is Windows 8.1 Pro or above, have you made sure that you haven't installed the Hyper-V feature? Hyper-V, when installed, will use the VT of your CPU, and other hypervisors will then only be able to install and use 32 bit OS's (the same applies if you haven't enabled VT for your CPU in the BIOS).
Yes, but the utility probably only tells you what your hardware supports, not whether it is enabled.
bkreynolds48Author Commented:
OK - so can you tell me how to find out what I have?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What is the error message you get ?

do you get any error message ?

do you have an ISO  to use to install ?

or is all this gibberish to you?
Have you made sure you enabled VT for the CPU in the BIOS? On most PC's it is off by default.
bkreynolds48Author Commented:
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM
Operating System not found
PXE-E53: No Boot filename received
You have to add the iso file from which you want to install the OS from to your virtual CD/DVD drive. Got to settings of the VM, then under the CD/DVD select the file. Or if you are using a physical DVD/CD, select Use Physical drive, and make sure you also enabled "Connect at power on (this is important for either iso or physical DVD).
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
How much memory does your laptop have?

Unless you have at least 8 gig of RAM your performance will be terrible.

This sounds like you need more in the way of training than guidance.

Try YouTube.  This will get you started.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, that is the standard POST/PXE BOOT sequence for any computer, that does not have an operating system installed and VMware Workstation.

You need to connect an ISO for an Operating System, and also remember to connect it to the DVD DRIVE, there is a tick box.

BUT, if you have already booted this Virtual Machine once, the default BOOT sequence changes to Hard Drive.

So you will either need to press escape at BOOT, and select CDROM or go into the BIOS of the VM, and select CDROM as the default BOOT drive.
Anand PandyaCommented:
If suppose say you have HP laptop you can power on the laptop and press ESC key and enter into bios and then select the security tab and you may get virtualization option and enable it and Data execution mode and also you can enable that too.
After doing that you can go to VMware and VT option for VM too as shown below in article:
bkreynolds48Author Commented:
where do I find an iso file?  or how do I create it?
When you download an OS from the Web, you normally get an iso file. What OS are you trying to install as a VM?
bkreynolds48Author Commented:
I am using a Dell All In One - Windows 8.1 64 bit - not a laptop
I work mostly with Unix and some Linux and oracle.
I have installed solaris on several unix machines - have never used VMware.
I need VMware installed because I want to run Delphix which is a virtual database software
the only other option Delphix gives for a windows pc is something called virtual box - which I know nothing about.

This host supports Intel VT-x, but Intel VT-x is disabled.
Intel VT-x might be disabled if it has been disabled in the BIOS/firmware settings
or the host has not been power-cycled since changing this setting

so I am now trying to figure out how to set this in the bios
VirtualBox (from Oracle) is comparable to VMware Workstation and VMware Workstation Player, but it is free and OpenSource, which the VMware products aren't. VMware Workstation Player, although free, can only be used privately, not in businesses.

Most Linux distro's come as iso files, so just download your distro and you have that iso file. Many Linux distro's already include the kernel modules for VBox, while those for VMware have to be separately installed, So generally Linux guests work better out of the box compared with VMware.

I don't know delphix though, and don't know what Linux distro it is based on.
Anand PandyaCommented:

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