Getting VMware workstation 8 Build 434829 Beta to install on older hardware.

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  1. amiga

    amiga MDL Junior Member

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    #1 amiga, Jul 28, 2011
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    Hi i decided to test VMware workstation 8 Build 434829 Beta on an old nforce2 rig with an Athlon XP3200 running xp and win7, straight away i came up against a brick wall it gave an error "vmwork station requires features not supported by your cpu.."

    so i though just what features is it talking about after a little snooping around the installer is checking for x64 Vmm feature so i set about getting it not to check for this so that it would install below is what i did.

    first of all get hold of a copy of VMware workstation 8 Build 434829 Beta, once you have it place it in your c: root

    then open a command prompt c: and use the following to exract files to new directory called vm8beta in c:

    c:\>VMware-workstation-full-e.x.p-434829.exe /e "vm8beta"
    comwin.jpg

    now you have the extracted files go into vm8beta and locate a file called "bootstrap.lua" open this in a text editor such as notepad++ and remove the highlighted text in image below and save. you can find these around line 190,191 195

    64BITVMM[%s]
    , tostring(tOSInfo.supports_64bit_vmm)
    and tOSInfo.supports_64bit_vmm
    comwin3.jpg

    ok now that file is edited open another command prompt in c:\vm8beta> and use following to lauch the setup.

    c:\vm8beta>VMware-workstation-full-e.x.p-434829.exe /S "vm8beta"

    comwin4.jpg

    Happy testing :)

    Already edited bootstrap.lua
    View attachment bootstrap.7z
     
  2. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    You know if there's a solution to install in on Windows 8 7989?
    Every time I try I get an error during install that the vmware host agent service can't be started, I can't even start it manually with services.msc.
     
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  3. amiga

    amiga MDL Junior Member

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    I can`t say i`ve come across this as i dont have win8 7989 installed, i`ll see if i can find out what might be causing it though, can you post the install log file that should be sitting in your user- local settings- temp folder.
     
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    Stannieman MDL Guru

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  5. amiga

    amiga MDL Junior Member

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    #5 amiga, Jul 30, 2011
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    ok i have had a look at the logs and it seems to be complaining about permissions, now from what i have been reading people have had problems on win7 64bit too. so here are some idea that might help: please note always install to the default directory that vmware wants to on 64bit as the ui app is 32bit and can fail if in different location but vm`s will be 64bit just one of those strange quirks.

    1, copy VMware-workstation-full-e.x.p-434829.exe to your c:root, then open a cmd window as administor now extract to a directory so we dont have to worry about permissions in a temp directory so ( c:\>VMware-workstation-full-e.x.p-434829.exe /e "vm8beta" ). now try installing in the same cmd window using the command ( c:\vm8beta>VMware-workstation-full-e.x.p-434829.exe /S "vm8beta" )

    2. go to your c:/vm8beta and right click vmware workstation.msi and select run as administrator.

    3.go to your c:/vm8beta and right click VMware-workstation-full-e.x.p-434829.exe select properties then compatibilty select win7 also tick run as administrator.

    4:go to your c:/vm8beta and right click vmware workstation.msi and select properties then compatibilty select win7 ok then right click again run as administrator

    hopefully at least one of 1-4 will help and get it installed. I`m no expert by any stretch of the imagination.
     
  6. replicant

    replicant MDL Junior Member

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    dont forget to copy

    vmware-vmx.exe

    over

    vmware-vmx-debug.exe


    or you will end up using the "slowy" debug version....
     
  7. mehdox

    mehdox MDL Novice

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    i have copy your bootstrap.lua on my computer but i have got an error msg "file bootstrap.lua was not found"