Trouble with VMware

  1. Joan Archer's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #1

    Trouble with VMware


    I have the latest build of 10 installed in the free version of VMware and everything seemed to be working OK. When I've finished usually I'll either power off or suspend the VM, never had problems.

    The last time I powered off was a couple of days ago and there were a few problems getting out of it but did eventually.

    I've not brought the VM up for a couple of days but tried just now and it wont launch 10, after highlighting the Windows 10 install and clicking the Play virtual machine nothing happens but an error box in the middle of the screen saying there is an internal error, although it doesn't actually say what the error is.

    Anyone got any idea of what I can do, is it fixable or should I reinstall 10 again to VMware ?
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  2. strollin's Avatar
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    The problem with using a VM is that the VM's hard drive (VHD) and all it's files are contained in 1 large (or several smaller) files so if one of those files gets corrupted, you lose the entire VHD. You may very well need to recreate your Win 10 VM. If you do regular backups, you should be able to restore the VM.

    One of the shortcomings of VMWare Player is that it does not allow taking of snapshots. The paid versions of VMWare do provide for snapshots as does VirtualBox. You can, however, backup your VMWare Player VMs to another drive so you can restore them which is a little less convenient but still works.
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  3. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    I'm starting to believe it's better to run it normally on it's own drive,
    Unfortunately I don't have another drive bay to swap out so I might have to go hillbilly and mount two ssd's on the out side of the case and manually connect to the other after shutting down Attachment 8600
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  4. topgundcp's Avatar
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    ThrashZone said:
    I'm starting to believe it's better to run it normally on it's own drive,
    Unfortunately I don't have another drive bay to swap out so I might have to go hillbilly and mount two ssd's on the out side of the case and manually connect to the other after shutting down
    I agree. To make it easier, I use one of these for ez hot swap:

    Trouble with VMware-51gssgbkxkl.jpg

    If you're interested. Here's the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  5. whs's Avatar
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       #5

    Joan, Try a new "Open a virtual machine". Maybe that works.

    For alternatives - if you don't have a spare disk for it, run it from a fast USB stick or an external SSD. Works real weel. Here is how.
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  6. Joan Archer's Avatar
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       #6

    Thanks for the suggestions boys, I don't have an SSD drive and the only other external drives I have are my backup drives. The reason I run 10 in a VM is because I don't have the room to make a partition for it on my current drive because of the way the drive is mapped out, especially since the upgrade from 8 to 8.1.

    I'll probably just start again with it and take it from there.

    Thanks again for the suggestions strollin, thrash, topgun and Wolfgang, I do have a spare 32GB Cruzer Glide pen drive if I go that way.
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  7. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Nice suggestion TopGun !
    I'll look at that for a Black Friday sell I'm about tapped out at the moment with some other goodies I've gotten this and last month

    Joan ssd's are really going to drop even a 128ssd are pretty reasonable 70.us at the moment but I'm sure next week will be fun :)
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  8. whs's Avatar
    whs
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    Windows 7
       #8

    Problem is that in Europe the SSDs are still expensive. There is no Newegg and no Black Friday although I think Newegg just started in the UK. But I don't know how they operate there.

    From the US Newegg I just bought a 240GB Crucial M500 for $89.. That was a good deal.
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  9. Joan Archer's Avatar
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       #9

    I agree prices are still higher than the US over this side the pond. :)

    Posting from 10, I went back into VMware still got the same error even after trying to make a new VM. I went back to the VMware clicked on top drop down menu by the green arrow. I was going to look at properties but saw Run as Administrator and clicked that instead and everything loaded as it should do.

    I'll mark this thread solved as for now it seems to be working. Thanks again for the suggestions boys.
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