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VMware: Install Windows 8 in vSphere 5

I tried to install Windows 8 at my vSphere 5 patch 1 environment, but after starting the VM I received a warning:

Your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart.

If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this code: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

It’s collecting error info and will restart in: 0 seconds




Only you have to do is add the new guest OS in you’re .vmx file, re-add the file to your vSphere inventory and start the VM. Guest OS you need to add:

guestOS = "windows8srv-32"
guestOS = "windows8srv-64"



Note: if you’re running vSphere 5 without Update 1 you need to install Patch 02



– The installation will start, have fun!


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  1. Cals
    March 26th, 2012  (Quote) at 05:38  (Quote) | #1

    vSphere 5 deliver better function performance and it also used advanced automation to free the IT from manual process. vSphere 5 is capable of operation virtual machines which is more powerful than the previous vSphere4.

  2. Artin
    December 21st, 2015  (Quote) at 00:41  (Quote) | #2

    Now it’s easy to upgrade to vSphere 5.5

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