Windows 10: Virtual Machine Question
Virtual Machine Question
To be honest.. I've never really used the VM Player software before. I'm trying to run a virtual machine on my Windows 10 Professional 64-bit desktop. Of course I have already installed the latest version of the VM Player software, and I downloaded the latest version of Windows 10 technical preview 64-bit ISO, I've followed the steps to create a new virtual machine, but I keep receiving errors. I just wanted to check out the technical preview without installing it. Has anyone else had this issue ?
You are going to have to be a bit more specific regarding what errors you are getting and which VM Player software you are trying to use. Did you follow this tutorial?
Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10
Also, normally in the computer's BIOS/UEFI is a setting to enable or disable CPU virtualization - did you make sure that is enabled?
How to Enable Intel VT-x in Your Computer’s BIOS or UEFI Firmware
Thanks so much for your reply, sometime this morning I'll fire up my desktop computer and try your advice. As far as the error message goes, as I remember correctly it had something to do with me trying to run a 64-bit ISO on my computer that has a 64-bit operating system installed on it.
I've already discovered one issue that might have been causing part of my issue, I went into control panel / Programs and Features / Turn windows Features On Or Off. Hyper-V wasn't turned on..I enabled it.
Last edited by Davy49; 23 Jan 2017 at 13:05.
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Finnish but not finished
That was if not a bad decision but at least a hasty one in case you want to continue using VMware!
I understood from your original post that you are using VMware Player as your virtualisation software. Hyper-V and VMware do not like each other, when Hyper-V is enabled as you did, VMware products do not work.
When Hyper-V has been enabled and you change your mind and want to use VMware instead, run this command in an elevated Command Prompt:
Restart the computer. You can now use VMware. If you later on decide to test Hyper-V, enter this command in an elevated Command Prompt and restart:
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
Now VMware stops working and you can use Hyper-V.
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto
The above also applies to Oracle VirtualBox users: having Hyper-V enabled you can only run 32 bit guests in VirtualBox. Turning hypervisorlaunchtype OFF you can run 64 bit guests in VirtualBox.
Now I'm beginning to wonder if my desktop is not capable of running a virtual machine at all..maybe I should share my machine spec's. with those trying to help me.
Electronic page 13, printed page 7, under the System Security section.
The processor supports Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):
What errors are you getting? Do you get them installing your VM, or after install when you try to run it, etc?
I've had a busy day, thank goodness I'm still on vacation this week. After going into the BIOS area under the Security area, I saw the' Virtual ' function was disabled.. of course I changed it to' enabled '. At least now I'm further along than I was, Windows 10 is actually trying to install on the virtual machine, it was moving forward pretty well, but now it's just stuck on the ' Windows stays up to date to help protect you in a online world ' screen. I'm thinking it's still installing because the hard drive on my desktop computer is still showing activity via the indicator light. I'm just trying to be patient and see if it finishes, at least I'm further along than I was.
Thanks so much for everyone's help on this matter.
1) Check BIOS to enable VT technology (Intel) -- I think you've done that.
2) COLD BOOT machine -- i.e switch off from Mains and re-boot.
3) Create a Windows install ISO (On HDD) -- you'll need the Software ISO to install the VM from. Don't bother messing around with a physical device.
4) Start VMPLAYER on Host machine
5) Configure new Virtual Machine -- give it say 2GB RAM - that's OK even for W10 X-64, and say 70 GB HDD space -- allocate in "chunks" rather than the whole lot to start with.
6) Choose Networking you want - I use Bridged but you can use NAT or HOST ONLY or even NONE. Note this can be changed after Guest OS is installed.
7) Define your ISO image as a "DVD" device in the configuration.
8) start the VM (Power on) -- it should start reading the ISO and create the OS.
If you get a message similar "Unable to find any HDD" - you will then need to create partition / initialize the HDD. Load the Recovery mode FROM WITHIN THE VM and with a Dos prompt go to DISKPART, LIST DISK, SELECT DISK n (where n is the disk nr showed in the LIST DISK line), CLEAN, CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY, ACTIVE, EXIT.
You don't need to format - Windows will do that.
Now Re-power on the VM and it should work just fine.
You could download something like an ISO of GPARTED if you need a GUI to create a partition on the Virtual Disk -- as before point the DVD to the GPARTED ISO in the VM config and power on again.
Don't forget though after the GUEST OS is installed to run install VMWARE TOOLS from WITHIN the VM - this handles correct Video drivers, optimises mouse and does a few other things - you'll notice the difference after you've installed VMware tools.
The All Seeing Eye
If you got the whole 64-bit installation process started in VMWare Player, then all is setup properly and Intel VT-x is enabled correctly and the VM host is also configured correctly.
Because your device is quite ancient and your HDDs are probably quite slow, it will take a lot of time to complete Windows setup. You will get there eventually.
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