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      • 30. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
        ozarkcanoer Enthusiast

        I've tried my Win8 Product ID and the installer for Win10 rejects it!  I haven't seen any Win10 Product ID/Activation key available from the Win10 .iso download site.  When I tried doing the Windows Update approach to Win10 upgrade I got a 80240031 error.  MS didn't make this a smooth process.

        • 31. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
          ozarkcanoer Enthusiast

          I initially downloaded the Single Language edition of Windows 10 (thought it might be smaller) without finding any description of the choices for the multiple 'editions'.  Since Single Language install would not work for me I then downloaded the "Win 10" edition and the installation seems to be proceeding OK; at least it's gone further than before, and it hasn't yet asked for my Product ID - don't know if that is good or bad.

           

          It has restarted and displays a "Upgrading" window that has a 'copying files', 'installing features and drives, and 'configuring settings' phases along the bottom of the window.  First phase done; installing; another restart and completing the 'installing features and drivers' phase;  It is financed.

           

          I logged into Windows 10, changed some of the settings about WiFi auto connections (not safe in my mind) and it is setting up the applications I selected (Edge).  And I'm at the desktop and running Edge.  Finally.

           

          Doing this on iMac late 2012 model, with Fusion 7.1.2.  Now to see if I will stay with Win10 or go back to my saved snapshot of Win8.1.

           

          Success, for now.

          • 32. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
            mntnbighker Enthusiast

            I made the same mistakes. I grabbed the single language ISO that failed, and I tried to use my existing license keys. But MS is VERY clear about a couple of things. You MUST download the ISO that matches your existing Windows version. AND you can ONLY get the initial free upgrade by doing an "in place" upgrade. Once you have an in place upgrade activated you are free to reinstall cleanly from scratch, and the MS server should reactivate you. You are never supposed to see the activation keys or need to enter them anyplace. But here is the rub. With a hypervisor, instead of physical hardware, this reinstall process seems to break. And I'm not sure it will ever reactivate. Because the server detects it as a different computer. I'm guessing there must be a GUID someplace (other than the MAC address) that doesn't match. I'm hoping VMware will eventually provide guidance for dealing with this. In the mean time I seem to be stuck with my upgraded VM image. I did a full reset, which is almost a clean installation.

            • 33. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
              adelp Lurker

              if they wait fusion 8 to add windows 10 upgrade compatibility and don't offer a free upgrade to people who bought fusion 7 literally 3 months ago

              I will happily take my money and my company one to Parallels who doesn't seems to have such issue.

              • 34. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
                vmxmr Hot Shot

                I made the same mistakes. I grabbed the single language ISO that failed, and I tried to use my existing license keys. But MS is VERY clear about a couple of things. You MUST download the ISO that matches your existing Windows version. AND you can ONLY get the initial free upgrade by doing an "in place" upgrade. Once you have an in place upgrade activated you are free to reinstall cleanly from scratch, and the MS server should reactivate you. You are never supposed to see the activation keys or need to enter them anyplace. But here is the rub. With a hypervisor, instead of physical hardware, this reinstall process seems to break. And I'm not sure it will ever reactivate. Because the server detects it as a different computer. I'm guessing there must be a GUID someplace (other than the MAC address) that doesn't match. I'm hoping VMware will eventually provide guidance for dealing with this. In the mean time I seem to be stuck with my upgraded VM image. I did a full reset, which is almost a clean installation.

                Disclaimer: I have done a lot of research about the upgrade, but I am still running the "Insider Preview" version. I have not yet upgraded to the release version of Windows 10.

                 

                Based on my research, mntnbighker did everything right, but missed a step. After you do the "in place" upgrade, first get the newly created Windows 10 Product Key from your installation. The Windows 10 product key is created during the upgrade process, and is different than your previous Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key. One way to get the product key is go to http://www.nirsoft.net and get the free Windows application called "ProduKey". ProduKey reads the product key from the Windows Registry and formats it into useable form. To repeat: I have not started my own upgrade to Windows 10 yet - I am repeating what I learned from online research.

                 

                Here are some links that I found, related to upgrading to Windows 10. I read them carefully, and know what I plan to do (basically what mntnbighker said above, but with the Product Key extraction added). I will wait for a couple weeks, until the heavy load on Microsoft's servers goes down, and to learn from others' experiences first. The links below are in no particular order - you must look at each of them to see which ones are helpful or not:

                 

                How to do a clean install of Windows 10 - CNET

                How to do a clean install of Windows 10 (from Windows 7 and 8) | Ars Technica

                http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/28/how-to-force-windows-to-start-downloading-the-windows-10-update-files/

                Virtualization

                Making The Jump To Windows 10, A Migration Guide | HotHardware

                Windows 10 and VMware Fusion | mikeroySoft.com

                 

                P.S. I also plan to make a backup copy of my fully shutdown Windows virtual machine before upgrading it to Windows 10. (Mine is Windows 7, but yours may be Windows 8 or 8.1). You can also use snapshots, but a full and complete backup copy of the virtual machine package (file) seems appropriate in this case.

                 

                I hope this helps!

                • 35. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
                  ALD2355 Lurker

                  I have read all the posts on this and I am still confised.  When will the Windows 10 app allow us to download and install the updates?  Alternatively when will MS and VMWare sort out the problem?

                  • 36. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
                    budleo3 Lurker

                    I was able to install Windows 10 .iso as Mike Soft described. Installed with no problem (on a Macbook Pro 2011 with Fusion 7.1.2 and an older 24" Apple monitor (not Thunderbolt). Two Issues:

                    1.  The display will not expand to use the whole monitor size, so there is an issue with the Vmware SVGA 3D display drivers. The desktop in Windows allows some ability to adjust resolution.

                    2.   The Z: vmware-local\Shared Folders file has a big red X in windows 10 file explorer and is not accessible when you click on it. However, programs that use files in the shared folders are still able to access them. Go figure!

                     

                    Any ideas on the shared folders issue?

                    • 37. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
                      JuanGuapo Novice

                      I'm unable to use Unity Mode with Windows 10 x64; however, Unity functions just fine in Windows 8.1 x64.

                       

                      So far, I've done the following...

                       

                      *Advice from VMware support

                      • Turn off 3D Acceleration and Retina support.*
                      • Uninstall VMware Tools (VMT)
                        • Reboot*
                      • Reinstall VMT*
                        • Reboot
                      • Double-check that Windows 10 x64 is the OS selected.*

                       

                      None of the above options have resolved the issue. When I attempt to use Unity mode, this is what shows up...

                      Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 3.35.06 PM.png

                       

                      Windows 10 was in public beta for months so I can hardly blame MS for these issues.

                      • 38. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
                        RMCCAMPBELL Novice

                        I have the same problem...I just put the same wallpaper as my Mac and just live with it until they fix it ( it looks like a picture on top of a picture but whatever...also I can't see my Mac icons)...I can't believe they didn't make this upgrade much smoother. My friend has Parallels and said it went very smooth with no problems. I don't know many people who want to download an iso...mount it and then install thru that. Maybe while in beta but not as a final release. Very sloppy VMWare!

                         

                        Other small issues:

                        1) When minimizing a window a ghost window appears for a few seconds. Thats annoying.

                        2) Shutdown doesn't work from start button. I have to use the fusion shutdown. Actually its once I click on one thing in the start button window the next action is unclickable. I can't scroll down...cant shutdown...cant do anything except click on file explorer because it opens a new window. Yesterday it did actually work once and I shutdown. I can't imagine this is a windows problem and has to be a fusion problem?

                         

                        On another note...

                        I am not sure why Microsoft thinks we want a flatter and flatter Windows with less and less and less but whatever. Seems to help as a virtualized OS.

                         

                        Thanks,

                        Russell

                        • 39. Re: VMWare Fusion not compatible with Windows 10? Seriously?
                          RMCCAMPBELL Novice

                          Is there any work around for this? I don't have an easy way get to my Mac desktop.... VMware can you at least tell us if this is being fixed?

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