I purchased VMUG Advantage and am trying to create/load Win10 in VMWare Workstation. I can confirm I downloaded the full Vmware workstation .exe with the disc images (iso files) from VMUG's onthehub site and have a valid license.
After configuring my new VM for Win10 and attempting to boot, I get this message:
EFI Vmware Virtual SCSI Hard Drive (0.0) ... unsuccessful.
EFI Vmware Virtual SATA CDROM Drive (1.0) ... unsuccessful.
EFI Network ...
It is then followed up with a Boot Manager message; I've tried Enter Setup and tried both Configure boot options and Boot from a File. No success.
Can anyone provide insight or guidance on resolving this? Have I missed a step?
Welcome to the Community,
can you confirm that you've mapped a Windows 10 installation DVD/ISO to the virtual machine's CD-ROM drive, and that it shows up as "Connected" (Connet at Power On)?
The file C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\windows.iso is NOT a bootable Windows 10 OS installation media. It is the ISO file for VMware Tools for Windows Vista/7/8/10 that is mounted into the guest Windows system when "Install VMware Tools" is invoked. Note that its size is around 100MB only.
You need to download the Windows 10 ISO or use the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB Windows 10 installation. You also need the corresponding licence/product key for activation.
This is extremely helpful. Thank you! I was able to get to the install screen in my VMware box for Win10.
For the LICENSE key, I thought VMUG Advantage provided you with a valid Windows license key. Do you know if that's not the case? I have a serial number for VMware Workstation 14 Pro for Windows - Download, but that appears to only be valid for the actual VMware workstation product.
I am not familiar with VMUG Advantage.
But looking at the webpage
It does not mention anywhere entitlement to a Windows 10 licence (be it Home or Professional). Retail price of new Windows 10 for Home and Professional are US$139 and US$199, respectively.
If a Windows 10 licence would be part of the benefits, it would have been a major selling point for the US$200 subscription. So it is unlikely that VMUG Advantage includes a Windows 10 licence.
Standard VMware EULA (be it Workstation Pro, Fusion on macOS, ESXi) requires the licensee is responsible for obtaining the corresponding guest OS licences. Look at clause 3.4
When you creating your machine
1-Create New Machine Custom (Advance) -->
2-Customise your Hardware to your needs or leave default.-->
3-Select bottom option which is I will install OS later-->
4-Select your guest OS-->
5-Name Your OS and select the location-->
6-NOW SELECT FIRMWARE "BIOS"-->
"Settings" First Tab is "Hardware" second tab is "Options".
Select "Options" --> Advanced -- Go to Firmware Type and Select BIOS. (15.02).
7-Select your Processor Config or leave default--->
8-Adjust your memory or leave default-->
9-Select your Network Type or leave default (NAT)-->
10-Leave I/O Controller Types as is default-->
11-Select your Disk Type or leave default-->
12-Select Disk or leave default-->
13-Specify your disk Capacity or leave default-->
14-Specify Disk File or leave default-->
16 Now go back to your newly machine right click and "Settings"-->
17 Go to "CD/DVD and select your CD Driver or ISO image --> Hit Ok or Apply
18-Now select your OS and click "Play" button and follow regular MS operating system installation and your preferences.
Just installed VMware Workstation 15. I'm having the same problem the original user reported, same screens, etc. The only difference is that I actually have the virtual CD rom pointed to a valid Win10 Pro x64 BOOTABLE ISO file. I validated bootable by copying files to a physical USB and booting from it. The ISO image also reports BOOTABLE from magicISO. I tried changing the boot default to be the CDRom first but still unsuccessful. I also tried to change the drive to legacy mode/IDE but still nothing.
The following option does not appear in VMWare Workstation 15 "6-NOW SELECT FIRMWARE "BIOS"-->"
Next i'm going to try to update to V 15.02 as maybe this is a bug. If anyone has any suggestions please advise.
Are you also trying to start with the vmware-tools.iso ?
That will not work ...
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So please explain in details or attach the vmx-file and latest vmware.log
No. I was trying to start with a 5GB sized bootable .iso file. (Windows 10 x64)
The problem was my firmware setting which had 'ufi' and I removed that line from .vmx file, now it started to boot. (boot to BIOS)
In almost all cases, I've installed Windows 10 letting it boot to UEFI firmware.
So, still wondering why this issue happened. Are UFI and EUFI differs a lot when installing an OS?
What you need to do to edit FIRMWARE in your VMWare machine?
Create a new virtual machine
Open the .VMX file of your virtual machine in Notepad (or similar) and add the following line to it:
firmware="efi" <-------- change to "bios"
Save the .VMX file.