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  • After downloading the 32bit ISO from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516, I failed to install Windows8 on VMware Workstation.

    When I start installing, the first screen was "Loading Files", second was "Windows Developer Preview" and on third there was an error in blue background as:

    "Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle, and now it needs to restart

    You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED"

    I tried several times but the error is same. Please let me know if there is any way to solve this issue. Thank you in Advance.


    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:58 AM

Answers

  • I can confirm that the 32-bit Windows 8 Preview does install under VMware Workstation 8.0.  My host computer is 64-bit Win7 Ultimate.  I haven't tried the other Win8 versions yet.

    Tip: When choosing the guest OS in VMware, choose "Other" and then "Other" again.  If you choose "Windows 7", then there was a problem with the answer file on my computer.  I also used an IDE drive instead of SCSI, and removed the virtual sound card, but I don't know if these changes were necessary.

    Hey Microsoft! Not a single person there knew that Win8 would not install under VMware Workstation 7.x?  Not one MS developer could tell Sinofsky or whoever that we needed to upgrade to VMware Workstation 8.0 to make it work?  You make us go round-and-round and waste hours on this issue just because VMware is a competitor?  Not even any advice about Virtual PC or VirtualBox or Hyper-V?  Nice planning for a multi-billion dollar international corporation...

    (Also, how do I enable the old Win7 start menu?  I don't want to go to the Metro screen every time I click on Start -- too slow!)

     

     

     

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:12 PM
  • This is incorrect as the Developer Preview does run on Hyper-V, which is a Microsoft product.

    I do think that Microsoft does A LOT of testing, and I'm certain they knew the preview wouldn't run in VPC2007.  What bothers me about situations like this is two things: 1) They tend to just "give up" on certain products in pursuit of new ones, and they do so before the new product is available (I suspect Windows 8 will have a much more robust virtualization product which will be able to run W8 [cross your fingers for virtual x64 OS support]) and 2) they either wait or poorly communicate incompatibilities.  The Windows 8 DP download site should have clearly stated the incompatibility with VPC2007.

    Monday, September 26, 2011 12:31 PM
  • On Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:31:36 +0000, carlk4574 wrote:

    (I suspect Windows 8 will have a much more robust virtualization product which will be able to run W8 [cross your fingers for virtual x64 OS support])

    The Windows 8 client ships with Hyper-V.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Compatible:  Gracefully accepts erroneous data from any source.

    Monday, September 26, 2011 12:44 PM
  • For anyone who may have tried to install WDP in VMware's free player, they released 4.0 a few weeks ago, which I thought I already had but didn't. It has been updated to allow the WDP installer to run properly, as it has been said is the case with VMware workstation 8, although I haven't tested the pay (or bootleg) version. When creating a new virtual machine, vmware won't identify the OS on your install disc, so don't use easy-install. Just tell it you will install the OS later, and tell it you are going to install windows 7, so it will use compatible virtual hardware presets. It works well now in the free player. I'm on it right now. But like I said in an earlier post, this sort of defeats the purpose of releasing an OS for testing and development.

    Monday, October 24, 2011 1:35 AM

All replies

  • nsdhami wrote:

    When I start installing, the first screen was "Loading Files", second was "Windows Developer Preview" and on third there was an error in blue background as:

    "Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn't handle, and now it needs to restart

    You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED"

    I'm getting exactly the above problem with Virtual PC running under
    Windows 7.  
    I also alternatively get the following stop codes.
    0x0000005c 0x00000110 0xFFD05000 0x00000019 0xC0000001
    instead of the HAL text.

    Tony


    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
    Tony's Main MS Access pages - http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
    Tony's Microsoft Access Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/access/
    For a convenient utility to keep your users FEs and other files   updated see http://www.autofeupdater.com/

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:26 AM
  • I get the same error!!!... anyone successful yet ????
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:44 AM
  • Don't quote me here but I think you need the beta version 8.x of VMware Workstation to load the Dev Build.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:08 AM
  • For me, the solution was to install VirtualBox. I had read on a few posts that VMware 8 will support Win8.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:49 AM
  • I'm having the same problem with Virtual PC (Windows 7).
    • Edited by Master Devwi Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:17 AM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:49 AM
  • I tried installing Win8 DP on both VMWare Player (current) and VirtualBox (current) and in both environments the Win8 boot failed. In VMWare, I get the same blue sad face error as nsdhami mentions, and in VirtualBox, I get the white text on black background error Tony speaks of.
    From what I've found online, it looks to be an issue with hardware acceleration for virtualization. If your hardware is too old (like mine), then your system isn't likely to support this acceleration. If you have a newer system, you should have this and it might just need to be enabled in your BIOS.
    Check out this page for more information on potentially getting the Win8 DP install working in VirtualBox: http://www.winbeta.org/?q=guides/how-install-windows-8-virtualbox
    Good luck everyone! 
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:02 AM
  • Tony Toews - Access MVP <tony@granite.ab.ca> wrote:

    I'm getting exactly the above problem with Virtual PC running under
    Windows 7.  

    VirtualBox is happily installing from the ISO to a virtual hard drive.

    Tony


    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
    Tony's Main MS Access pages - http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
    Tony's Microsoft Access Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/access/
    For a convenient utility to keep your users FEs and other files   updated see http://www.autofeupdater.com/

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:16 AM
  • VirtualBox is happily installing from the ISO to a virtual hard drive.


    Yeah, it's installing correctly after switching to VirtualBox.
    • Edited by Master Devwi Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:18 AM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:17 AM
  •     I got the same like you.I here that :we can inst it in VMware8 or VBox,not Micro$oft VPC. It's a really big joke,isn't it ?
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:05 AM
  • Tony Toews - Access MVP <tony@granite.ab.ca> wrote:

    I'm getting exactly the above problem with Virtual PC running under
    Windows 7.  

    VirtualBox is happily installing from the ISO to a virtual hard drive.

    And running just fine.

    Tony


    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
    Tony's Main MS Access pages - http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
    Tony's Microsoft Access Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/access/
    For a convenient utility to keep your users FEs and other files   updated see http://www.autofeupdater.com/

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:28 AM
  • This are the errors im getting :(  Any ideas?

    VM error                                                                                                                              

    Virtual Box error 


    • Edited by Darkhawk03 Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:42 AM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:33 AM
  • Yep, I got the same error while installing Win8 using VM Ware.

     

    Didn't try Virtual PC yet, does any one install it successfully?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:44 AM
  • Thanks to karizma23.

     

    Your hint with Virtual Box and the link worked for me and made my installation start.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:18 AM
  • I confirm, VirtualBox works by booting from the ISO file directly.

    Thank you guys

     


    Marcheur extrême...
    • Proposed as answer by ImGreen Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:17 AM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:27 AM
  • I can confirm that VMware Workstation 8 (released 9/14/2011) does work with Windows 8 Dev Preview 32bit. Host system is Windows 7 64bit.
    Michael :-)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:19 AM
  • What Iso version file x86 or x64???

     


    http://matospereira.com
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:56 AM
  • I get the same error

    I will try with vbox now, because with the virtual pc (W7) doesn't work too.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:58 AM
  • I tried for quite awhile to get VMWare to run 64-bit Windows 8 and I had no luck. I gave up and switched to VirtualBox and it is pretty simple! Here is my how-to on it: http://geekswithblogs.net/RollingIT/archive/2011/09/14/getting-hands-on-with-virtual-machine-of-windows-8.aspx
    • Proposed as answer by mattgrif Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:04 PM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:04 PM
  • For those of you having VMWare/VirtualPC issues, forget installing installing in this environments. There is a better solution that gives you the flexibility of a virtual environment plus the power and speed of bare-metal install. It is found in Win7/Win8 installation feature called VHD-Boot. Read all about in Wikipedia, then follow my instruction in creating your installation media: http://mcakins.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/installing-windows-8-on-bare-metal-with-vhd-boot/
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:18 PM
  • FYI it's working for me on Hyper-V 2K8 R2
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:29 PM
  • I can confirm that the 32-bit Windows 8 Preview does install under VMware Workstation 8.0.  My host computer is 64-bit Win7 Ultimate.  I haven't tried the other Win8 versions yet.

    Tip: When choosing the guest OS in VMware, choose "Other" and then "Other" again.  If you choose "Windows 7", then there was a problem with the answer file on my computer.  I also used an IDE drive instead of SCSI, and removed the virtual sound card, but I don't know if these changes were necessary.

    Hey Microsoft! Not a single person there knew that Win8 would not install under VMware Workstation 7.x?  Not one MS developer could tell Sinofsky or whoever that we needed to upgrade to VMware Workstation 8.0 to make it work?  You make us go round-and-round and waste hours on this issue just because VMware is a competitor?  Not even any advice about Virtual PC or VirtualBox or Hyper-V?  Nice planning for a multi-billion dollar international corporation...

    (Also, how do I enable the old Win7 start menu?  I don't want to go to the Metro screen every time I click on Start -- too slow!)

     

     

     

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:12 PM
  • Same issue I have a sony laptop and they will not let you turn on virtual hardware acceleration. I am attemptng to run this from virtual box so we will see.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:19 PM
  • I spent few hours today trying to install Windows 8 from the ISO images on the following:

    1. Windows Virtual PC

    32-bit installation failed with the error:

    Your PC ran in to a problem that it couldn't handle,and now it needs to restart.

    You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

    64-bit installation failed with the error:

    This 64-bit application couldn't load because your PC doesn't have a 64-bit processor

    2. Then I tried with VMWare Player. It gave the same error for 32-bit installation, but gave a different error for 64-bit installation: "Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt."

    Finally, what worked for me is, VMWare Workstation 8.0. I was able to successfully install Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation 8 by following these instructions.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:13 PM
  • x86=32bit
    Michael :-)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:02 PM
  • You mentioned the Start screen/menu is too slow... have you installed the VMware Tools in the guest Win8 OS. It help speed things up... I had no issue installing on x86/32bith Win8 OS.
    Michael :-)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:05 PM
  • I spent few hours today trying to install Windows 8 from the ISO images on the following:

    1. Windows Virtual PC

    32-bit installation failed with the error:

    Your PC ran in to a problem that it couldn't handle,and now it needs to restart.

    You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

    64-bit installation failed with the error:

    This 64-bit application couldn't load because your PC doesn't have a 64-bit processor

    2. Then I tried with VMWare Player. It gave the same error for 32-bit installation, but gave a different error for 64-bit installation: "Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt."

    Finally, what worked for me is, VMWare Workstation 8.0. I was able to successfully install Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation 8 by following these instructions.


    Very nice step by step how to for VMware WS8
    Michael :-)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:10 PM
  • So Microsoft released a beta of a new operating system that won't run on any Microsoft virtualization platform?

     

    Classic. 

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:42 PM
  • Hi all,

     

    This useful STEP by STEP will help you all.

     

    Please just follow it.

     

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/eceed57c-9a14-4a1d-9994-929e731ed999

     

    Good luck.

    Regards,

    R. Lijkwan

     

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:32 PM
  • Hi All,

     

    I have started installing the Win8 like everyone on the earlier version of VMware and I got the same error "HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED" I followed this

    thread and installed Oracle Virtual Box and tried to install Win 8. While configuring Virtual box, I need to check the two options under acceleration tab

    which is disabled so no luck :( . Still tried to install but its failing. I have installed VM Ware workstation 8 and tried to install Win 8 on this again I am

    getting an error msg " Windows cannot read the <product key> setting from the unattend answer file " Dont know what to do, got stuck but want to

    get hands on Win 8.

    Any one got the similar issue.

     

     

    Thank you


    Saraf
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:22 PM
  • R.Lijkwan wrote:

    This useful STEP by STEP will help you all.
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/eceed57c-9a14-4a1d-9994-929e731ed999

    No, this URL points to this thread we are currently on.  
    Tony


    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
    Tony's Main MS Access pages - http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
    Tony's Microsoft Access Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/access/
    For a convenient utility to keep your users FEs and other files   updated see http://www.autofeupdater.com/

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:28 AM
  • VSPK wrote:

    While configuring Virtual box, I need to check the two options under acceleration tab
    which is disabled so no luck :(

    Why do you think you need to check those options?  I used the default
    settings and all was well.

    Still tried to install but its failing.

    So what error message were you getting when installing under VirtualBox.

    Tony


    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
    Tony's Main MS Access pages - http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
    Tony's Microsoft Access Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/access/
    For a convenient utility to keep your users FEs and other files   updated see http://www.autofeupdater.com/

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:29 AM
  • Ironically enough the ISO will not work on Microsoft's own Virtual PC. Tried this on Win7 professional (where I heavilly use this feature) and no go.

    Sun's (yes, I'm a hater ;-)) legacy product VirtualBox does work however you need to realize that this is all Alpha software. In other words; I've experienced boots which worked and boots which crashed (well; hung up).

    So far my experience is that your best bet is to create a new virtual machine (in virtualbox) and use the template for Windows 7. Set everything up, then change said template to "Other Windows" (Settings -> General tab).

    Now, the features I explicitly changed and have given me a stable environment so far:

    • System section: "Enable IO APIC", disable everything else ('absolute pointing device' is probably enabled).
    • System section, Processor tab: "Enable PAE/NX".
    • Display section: "Enable 2D video acceleration" with 64Mb video memory (I've had a few crashes with 3D accel. enabled as well).
    • Storage section: You probably have a IDE & Sata controller. I'd put the CD on the IDE and the HD image on the Sata. For both controlers enable "Use host I/O cache".
    • Network section: Use bridged networking, this defaults to NAT. With bridged Win8 will be able to utilize stuff like Windows Live; this didn't work out for me while on NAT (though this could be due to my strict security settings on my host OS (Win7 professional)).

     

    And that basiclaly works for me.

     


    With kind regards, Peter
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:37 AM
  • Me too.  For those of us without sacrificial hardware and who don't want to do the dual boot dance, sure would be nice if MS would create and distribute this as a .vhd file...
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:07 AM
  • I tried installing Win8 DP on both VMWare Player (current) and VirtualBox (current) and in both environments the Win8 boot failed. In VMWare, I get the same blue sad face error as nsdhami mentions, and in VirtualBox, I get the white text on black background error Tony speaks of.
    From what I've found online, it looks to be an issue with hardware acceleration for virtualization. If your hardware is too old (like mine), then your system isn't likely to support this acceleration. If you have a newer system, you should have this and it might just need to be enabled in your BIOS.
    Check out this page for more information on potentially getting the Win8 DP install working in VirtualBox: http://www.winbeta.org/?q=guides/how-install-windows-8-virtualbox
    Good luck everyone! 

    Initially, Oracle VM VirtualBox failed to install Windows 8 for me. I am not sure what exactly went wrong. I think I was rushing and switching between various virtualization apps to figure out which one works.

    On a second attempt, the Oracle VirtualBox installed Windows 8 without any trouble.

    You can find step by step instructions to install Windows 8 on Oracle VirtualBox.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:47 AM

  • Hi All,

     

    I have started installing the Win8 like everyone on the earlier version of VMware and I got the same error "HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED" I followed this

    thread and installed Oracle Virtual Box and tried to install Win 8. While configuring Virtual box, I need to check the two options under acceleration tab

    which is disabled so no luck :( . Still tried to install but its failing. I have installed VM Ware workstation 8 and tried to install Win 8 on this again I am

    getting an error msg " Windows cannot read the <product key> setting from the unattend answer file " Dont know what to do, got stuck but want to

    get hands on Win 8.

    Any one got the similar issue.

     

     

     

    Thank you


    Saraf

    I just got this same exact error when I deliberately chose a wrong option while installing Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation. I chose the Windows version to install as "Windows 7" but attached the Windows 8 ISO image. I got the exact same error.  

     

    I

     

    believe if you choose the windows version as "Other Windows", it will solve this error. Here is the correct steps to install Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation 8.0 - http://www.mywindowsclub.com/resources/5081-Install-Windows-VMWare-Workstation.aspx

    Make sure you have the latest version of VMWare Workstation, released in last 2 days.



    • Edited by T-John Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:48 AM
    • Proposed as answer by William Schwartz Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:50 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by William Schwartz Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:50 PM
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:46 AM
  • If you are getting the "Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file." from VMWare player 4 (or possibly other VMWare systems) try removing the floppy drive from the virtual machine. I did that and it worked just fine.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:52 PM
  • You should not choose the ISO in the create a virtual machine wizard. Instead, choose the ISO afterwards in the virtual machine settings dialog. With this, the VMware does not use the Easy Install feature (which is basically supplient an answer file for the Windows unattended install) and the Windows setup will proceed as expected.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:09 PM
  • Hello,

    Steven Sinofsky has a new entry in the Building Windows 8 blog that has some good information:

    Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment

    Thanks


    Michael
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 2:38 PM
  • Hi there, I know there are many good replies, but here also there are some good tutorials that can help to install Windows 8 Developer Preview in VMware and VirtualBox.

    This how to will help you step by step to create a virtual machine to install Windows 8 and tells you how to deal with the problem: Windows cannot read the product key setting from the unattend answer file and more.

    http://pureinfotech.com/2011/09/15/how-to-install-windows-8-developer-preview-in-a-virtual-machine/

    This how to will help to successfully install Windows 8 in VirtualBox

    http://pureinfotech.com/2011/09/15/how-to-install-windows-8-developer-preview-on-virtualbox/

     

    Thanks, 

    PS: Windows 8 already ROCKS!


    • Edited by mhweb Sunday, September 18, 2011 7:34 PM
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 7:32 PM
  • To Install the Windows Developer Preview you must have Intel VT-X / AMD-V Virtualiazation and Nested Paging  enabled on your computer, if you do not have these enabled windows developer preview will not load up and you will get the error code 0x000000a that means that you dont have hardware virtualization enabled on your system
    Abraham Wilson
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:25 PM
  • On Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:25:45 +0000, TDUupdaterHD wrote:

    To Install the Windows Developer Preview you must have Intel VT-X / AMD-V Virtualiazation and Nested Paging? enabled on your computer, if you do not have these enabled windows developer preview will not load up and you will get the error code 0x000000a that means that you dont have hardware virtualization enabled on your system

    Sorry but this simply isn't the case. I just installed the developer
    preview on a tablet that I purchased in 2004 and I can assure you with 100%
    certainty that is does not support virtualization at all.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    A computer program does what you tell it to do, not what you want it to do.

    Monday, September 19, 2011 11:32 AM
  • That's not really correct -- you need VT-x and SLAT (or the AMD
    equivalents) to run the new version of Hyper-V on the Win8 client --
    if you don't need Hyper-V, you can run Win8 without any virtualization
    hardware.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Monday, September 19, 2011 1:38 PM
  • Solution for above error is to use VMware Workstation 8 or Virtual Box 4.1 or Parallels 4.0. Check below guides,

     

    http://www.mytricks.in/2011/09/guide-install-windows-8-developer.html

    http://www.mytricks.in/2011/09/guide-installing-windows-8-developer.html

    http://www.mytricks.in/2011/09/guide-installing-windows-8-on-parallels.html

     

    Cheers!!


    www.mytricks.in www.geeklogs.com
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:07 AM
  • ToJo,

    Edit Virtual machine settings & delete or disconnect Floppy Drive, as it load autoinst.flp while booting VM. Check below guide for more details,

     

    http://www.mytricks.in/2011/09/vmware-workstation-8-windows-cannot.html

     


    www.mytricks.in www.geeklogs.com
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:11 AM
  • Just for information, there is a KB article dealing with the HAL_INITIALIZATION_Failed errror.
    Article ID: 2619487 - Error "HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED" when you install Windows Developer Preview on Windows Virtual PC or on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2619487

    Also, Steven Sinofsky has a new entry in the Building Windows 8 blog that has some good information:
    Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:51 PM
  • So Microsoft released a beta of a new operating system that won't run on any Microsoft virtualization platform?

     

    Classic. 

    Yep one trick pony organisation. Pretty much the case, does everything Microsoft do have to be so half-arsed? It's pretty clear 'testing' is an alien word.
    Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:54 PM
  • This is incorrect as the Developer Preview does run on Hyper-V, which is a Microsoft product.

    I do think that Microsoft does A LOT of testing, and I'm certain they knew the preview wouldn't run in VPC2007.  What bothers me about situations like this is two things: 1) They tend to just "give up" on certain products in pursuit of new ones, and they do so before the new product is available (I suspect Windows 8 will have a much more robust virtualization product which will be able to run W8 [cross your fingers for virtual x64 OS support]) and 2) they either wait or poorly communicate incompatibilities.  The Windows 8 DP download site should have clearly stated the incompatibility with VPC2007.

    Monday, September 26, 2011 12:31 PM
  • On Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:31:36 +0000, carlk4574 wrote:

    (I suspect Windows 8 will have a much more robust virtualization product which will be able to run W8 [cross your fingers for virtual x64 OS support])

    The Windows 8 client ships with Hyper-V.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Compatible:  Gracefully accepts erroneous data from any source.

    Monday, September 26, 2011 12:44 PM
  • Anybody trying to install WDP on Virtual PC as is done with the laughable XP mode in Windows 7 might as well try to install it on a Packard Bell PC with a 200 MMX pentium CPU. It would would probably work about as good. As for VMware, I've installed all RTM versions of windows on the free VMware player, and it is excellent, even with Aero in windows vista and 7. But I wouldn't be surprised if vmware doesn't yet support WDP. I haven't tried it yet, but they did just recently release an updated player. As for thinking WDP would tell you there is a known compatibility issue with vmware, windows has to be installed before it can give you any such messages. You have me curious. I think I'll try WDP in my vmware player.
    ...15 minutes later... Yes, I get the same thing trying to install it it vmware player 3.1.3. (Right when the little ball bearings start to roll.) Truth told, I personally think installing and testing a beta or pre-beta OS in a virtual machine kind of defeats the purpose of putting it out there for testing. I don't think software for it should be developed in a VM either, unless you plan to completely test the software on physical hardware. It should be physically installed on its own partition, either by itself, or as a dual-boot for proper testing. By the way, the error screen does not belong to vmware. That's microsoft's new blue screen of death. Isn't it cute? After I installed WDP, I disabled the automatically restart option as I always do. I saw the screen a couple of weeks ago after installing avast free antivirus. WDP had warned me the program was incompatible, but I installed it anyway. BSOD.
    • Edited by rdbrooks Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:34 AM
    Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:09 AM
  • By the way, the first 2 replies that are supposed to be answers to the question have nothing to do with the actual question. The answer is simple. VMware doesn't yet support WDP. Try VirtualBox.
    Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:25 AM
  • By the way, the first 2 replies that are supposed to be answers to the question have nothing to do with the actual question. The answer is simple. VMware doesn't yet support WDP. Try VirtualBox.


    And your response is also not correct. VMware 8, which is now available, does allow one to run Windows 8.

     

    Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:39 AM
  • That's beside the point. At the time the question was posted, they didn't.
    Friday, October 21, 2011 1:41 AM
  • For anyone who may have tried to install WDP in VMware's free player, they released 4.0 a few weeks ago, which I thought I already had but didn't. It has been updated to allow the WDP installer to run properly, as it has been said is the case with VMware workstation 8, although I haven't tested the pay (or bootleg) version. When creating a new virtual machine, vmware won't identify the OS on your install disc, so don't use easy-install. Just tell it you will install the OS later, and tell it you are going to install windows 7, so it will use compatible virtual hardware presets. It works well now in the free player. I'm on it right now. But like I said in an earlier post, this sort of defeats the purpose of releasing an OS for testing and development.

    Monday, October 24, 2011 1:35 AM
  • Hii

    I downland Windows 8  32 bit from microsoft site

    On virtualbox when ı tried windows failed to start

     

    How can ı fix it ? Please help mee :(

    Saturday, January 21, 2012 1:14 PM
  • http://www.mytricks.in/2011/09/guide-install-windows-8-developer.html
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Proposed as answer by xmosk Monday, February 13, 2012 7:09 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by xmosk Monday, February 13, 2012 7:09 PM
    Saturday, January 21, 2012 2:48 PM