6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 1, 2020 2:21 PM by FerdinandRies

    Unable to install MS OSs as guest

    FerdinandRies Lurker

      Hi all,

      I'm trying to create some guest VMs for Windows OS's in a Windows 10 host using VM Workstation 15 player, and I'm having problems whichever OS I try to install. I have tried both Win ME and Windows 95 installation CDs. Both disks are Microsoft originals, not copies or ISOs.  The ME is an upgrade so presumably was supposed to be launched from within an earlier version of windows; the 95 is OEM so should install from boot.  

      With the Player default setting of the network adapter to NAT I get the error message of PXE-E53: No boot filename received, followed by PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM. Operating system not found.

      When I change the network adapter to Bridge, I get the error message PXE-E51: No DHCP or proxy DHCP offers were received, followed again by XE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

      Operating system not found.


      Can anyone suggest what I can try now?


      And btw I'm getting similar results when I try to use virtual bx: whether NAT or bridged the error message is No bootable medium found: system halted.

        • 1. Re: Unable to install MS OSs as guest
          a.p. Guru
          User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

          Welcome to the Community,


          please ensure that the CD is "connected" (use e.g. "Connect at poweron") in the VM's settings, when you try to install the guest OS.

          What you may do once you see the PXE boot screen, is to connect the CD-ROM drive, and then reboot the VM using "CTRL-ALT-INS" so that the CD-ROM won't disconnect again.


          • 2. Re: Unable to install MS OSs as guest
            FerdinandRies Lurker

            Hi, thanks for the input.  I created a new guest for the windows 95 and ensured the 'connect at power on' box was ticked in the settings.

            On starting the installation the system again hung; I restarted the system using ctr alt ins and got the same result.  On checking the cd drive status both the connected box and the connect at power on box were ticked.

            I tried this under 2 conditions:  the network adapter on NAT and then bridge.  I got the same results.

            These were a line saying

            Network boot from AMD Am79C970A, and a couple of copyright notices,

            followed by

            a client mac address, a guid number

            then the message

            PXE-E53: No boot filename received (with the network adapter on NAT), or the message 'PXE-E51: NO DHCP or proxyDHCP offers were received' (with the network adapter set to bridge).


            I did notice that as soon as I entered ctrl-alt-ins and got the copyright notices, the light on the CD drive came on for about a second, but no more.


            Alan B.

            • 3. Re: Unable to install MS OSs as guest
              a.p. Guru
              Community WarriorsvExpertUser Moderators

              Are you sure that the CD-ROM is bootable? IIRC Windows 95 required boot disks (floppy disks) for installation.


              • 4. Re: Unable to install MS OSs as guest
                FerdinandRies Lurker

                Ah!  Thank you, I should have realised.  I still have the old Win 95 manual and yes, it will only install from a dos environment.  Luckily I have a usb floppy drive, which is recognised by windows 10 as the A drive.  I also have an old set of dos installation floppies.  Unfortunately the disks must have deteriorated as they are unreadable.  I shall have to do some research and find out how to make a bootable cd rom containing dos - the internet seems to be full of ideas.



                But isn't this situation common to every microsoft vm installation?  Doesn't every windows vm install from an earlier version of windows in that vm, which in turn can only be installed ultimately by regressing to dos?  How have vmware users in the past tackled this problem?

                • 5. Re: Unable to install MS OSs as guest
                  a.p. Guru
                  User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

                  Newer Windows installation images are bootable, so it's way easier to install the guest OS.

                  VMware only provides the virtual infrastructure to install operating systems. The installation itself requires boot disks, which are usually owned by a vendor (e.g. Microsoft). So you'll unfortunately need to get the installation done as you would on physical hardware.



                  • 6. Re: Unable to install MS OSs as guest
                    FerdinandRies Lurker

                    Thanks for the assistance, Andre.  I'm happy to close this thread now that I have a different approach to research and experiment with.  I I run into problems again, I'll raise a new query.


                    Alan B.