Windows 10: Guest OSs In VMWare Workstation 12 Crash or Freeze Solved

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    Windows 10 Pro x64
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       06 Apr 2017 #21

    pparks1 said: View Post
    Glad you have it working. I have been with Vmware for a long time. It's usually stable as a rock.
    I know. Ive also been using the free VMWare Player for years just so I could play around with various distros of Linux and Windows Server. This is the first issue Ive ever had with it. THe real confusing thing was these problems started showing up just after installing Player on this computer so I didnt think a reinstall or repair install would be needed. Apparantly something got botched in the inital install.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       06 Apr 2017 #22

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    I've used VMWARE for years with relatively few problems both with Windows and Linux Hosts.

    Check of course in your BIOS that VT is enabled (for 64 bit guest OS'es) and that you enable sufficient RAM for the Guest

    Download the latest version (I think currently 12.5.5) and ensure for Windows Guests -install vmware tools and for Linux Hosts - open-vmware tools package is installed (easier generally than compiling vmware tools in Linux and works 100% of the time).

    W10 guest running on Linux Centos 7 Host -- absolutely ZERO problems.

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    Also XP Guest on Centos 7 - zero problems as well.

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    Version of VMWARE Workstation being used

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    Windows HOSTS also work just fine.

    Im running VMWare on Windows and have a CentOS guest within it. So far CentOS seems pretty nice, though I wish it had the KDE interface to start with. Im gonna look into how to install the KDE desktop onto it. Im sure it can be done.
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  3.    06 Apr 2017 #23

    Hi there



    For VMWARE Player (V12 / 12.5) do the two following things

    1) Change the boot delay to something like 2 / 3 secs so you can get at the F2 key when the initial Vmware boot screen appears -- F2 is needed to get into the BIOS menu of the VM. If you don't set the delay it will be far too quick for most machines. The xxxx value is in Millisecs. Also good for VMWARE WORKSTATION.

    bios.bootDelay = "3000"

    2) a bit of a nuisance but you need to add a line in the VM config file (.vmx) which boots ONE TIME into the firmware .

    Note this is for VMWARE PLAYER options -- Vmware Workstation which is what I normally use doesn't have these problems of course as you have Boot into firmware in the power on menu.

    bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"

    You'll need to add nr 2) again if you need to boot into the BIOS as it disappears after the boot. I.e each time you want to get into the Bios you have to re-insert the line.

    Note - this isn't necessary of course for VMWARE WORKSTATION.

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    When doing CENTOS 7 install choose KDE Plasma Workspace from the software install options to install KDE.

    Install also NTFS-3g for NTFS access and SAMBA for sharing. Add the Repos too of course so YUM will update things properly.

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