VMware / Microsoft: Check what Windows Setup is doing in VMware Workstation


Today i had to install Windows 2003 R2 + SP2

I noticed that the installer just kept on going forever at the “installing devices” part.

Press Shit-F11 during setup to see what the Windows setup is doing. In this case the ‘add new hardware’ wizard was running. You can also use SHIFT-F10 to get a command prompt

The solution:

1) Reset the virtual machine (don’t boot from CD-Rom)
2) Keep the focus within the virtual machine (don’t CRTR-ALT)

You’ll see it works this time, probably has something to do with the detection of keyboard and/or mouse.


Source: Peter Wigleven

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