I had the same issue as Windows 10 update failing due to the SVGA 3D driver, etc. What I did was to download from MS the "Windows 10 Media Creation Tool" within my Win 8.1 VM. I ran the tool, it asked for either creating media or upgrading PC. I chose Upgrade, it downloaded Win 10 Pro, x64, installed it, and when completed, was activated! This process bypasses the HW compatibility checker, etc. The VM is running smoothly. I did run disk clean up to remove the old win 8.1 to gain some GB within the VM.
Also after Win 10 was running I needed to select "repair VMware tools" to reset all drivers, etc. All looks good.
Good Luck All!
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Using the below instructions, I have managed to successfully upgrade a Windows 8.1 Pro, without the need to download and create an ISO.
I was originally receiving the error of incompatible VMWare SVGA 3D graphics driver. After trying the various suggestions in this thread, I hadn't had any success! I managed to get to the point where Windows 10 downloaded, but then it would not install due to an error 80240020 installation error, which is what lead me to this solution. Even if you have not got to the stage of encountering this error, this solution should still work.
Also, I didn't have to go through the process of uninstalling VMWare Tools, but I did have to repair them after installation to have full resolution display.
Warning: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.
- Locate the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
- It should exist, but if not, create it.
- Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = "AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 0x00000001.
Once the registry key is modified, close and reopen the desktop Control Panel, go to Windows Update and check for updates. You should now be able to click the Get Started button to upgrade to Windows 10. Note: Windows 8.1 users must go to the desktop Control Panel, and not the modern Windows Update UI.”
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Of course, this does not resolve the Unity issue.
So far everything seems to be working just fine
Hope this helps,
Thanks Andy! That worked for me.
On a slightly off topic question, but still on the topic of Virtual Video drivers, has anyone been successful playing a DVD in a windows VM with windows built in software?
I tried and VLC works with no problems, but the built in players on both windows 7 and 10, complain about unsupported stream type and copy protection problems.
I tried connecting the usb drive directly to windows instead of sharing it from the mac, and that didn't fix it. So now i'm ripping the disc to an iso file that will have CSS stripped from it and will try to play it as an iso file just to make sure the errors are CSS specific.
I'm curious about something, Aren't games also copy protected ? People play those in virtual machines, so i was curious why DVDs were picky.
UPDATE: Ripping to iso fixed the problem with windows 7, and the disc played natively in windows media player.
the windows 10 DVD player still errors out instantly.
indeed worked. In fact, I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't think of this myself.
I wanted to find out if anyone has had issues with windows 10 sound events? it seems like the usual sound events don't reliably play in a windows 10 VM even with a clean install.
I know sound works because video and other audio related things work. It just system to be system event sounds
is there someone who can maybe help?
Does anyone happen to know how to get the forum to send an email notification when new posts are added ? I didn't se any options, and i've had to manually check back to see if there are any updates since i wasn't getting any notifications.
Working fine testimonials on ESXi 5.1 as Guest OS Win 8 (64 bit) w/1 CPU, clean 8.1:
First test "keep nothing/clean install": ran all updates, then ran the same "Windows 10 Media Creation Tool" (MediaCreationToolx64) via vSphere Client console, just "Upgrade this PC now" (without building media), worked fine, OS license activated. This was 8.1 with Office 2013, 2GB RAM, 40GB disk with 17 GB free, and I selected to "keep nothing" (effectively a clean install - lost office like an idiot). There was 6 GB free disk space when done, and 800MB RAM in use on win 10 startup. Then, I just installed VMWare tools no problem. Disk cleanup "Cleanup System Files" offered 13.3GB "Prev windows" and 6.5GB "windows install" disk space recovery, and it delivered resulting in 25.5GB free
Move VM: I shutdown the win 10 OS, copied to FreeNAS iSCSI, added to inventory on a different ESXi box, and booted. Worked fine, still OS license activated. Both white box ESXi have same ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 motherborad and 32GB RAM, but src was AMD Phenom II X6 1045T, while dest was AMD FX-8350 Eight Core.
Second test "keep users, settings and apps": a month old 8.1 that's been "off", did not waste time running windows updates but went straight to the same "Windows 10 Media Creation Tool" (MediaCreationToolx64) via vSphere Client console, just "Upgrade this PC now" (without building media), worked fine. This was just clean 8.1, 2GB RAM, 40GB disk with 27 GB free (no Office), and I did it keeping all settings and applications. Same 800MB RAM in use on win 10 boot, but 17GB diskspace free (no Office). Under ESXi, with "keep apps", I did not need to re-install VMWare Tools as far as I could tell. Disk cleanup "Cleanup System Files" offered 2GB "Prev windows" and 7GB "windows install" disk space recovery, and it delivered resulting in consistent 25.7GB free. Seems Win 10 base uses 15GB (maybe 1GB more than Win 8.1).
THANK you so much!
This works fine indeed. Without your advice, frankly, I wouldn't have figured this out.