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Installing Guest Operating Systems
This guest operating system is supported on the following VMware products:
You can install Windows XP Home Edition or Professional in a virtual machine using the corresponding Windows XP distribution CD.
VMware Workstation only: To use SCSI disks in a Windows XP virtual machine, you need a special SCSI driver available from the download section of the VMware Web site at www.vmware.com/download. Follow the instructions on the Web site to use the driver with a fresh installation of Windows XP. If you have a virtual machine with a SCSI virtual disk and a Windows 9x, Windows Me, Windows NT or Windows 2000 guest operating system and want to upgrade it to Windows XP, install the new SCSI driver before upgrading the operating system.
If you want to run Windows XP Home Edition or Professional in a virtual machine, be sure you have a full installation CD for the operating system.
Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created and configured a new virtual machine.
Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details on installing VMware Tools, see the manual for your VMware product.
The Microsoft Windows XP product activation feature creates a numerical key based on the virtual hardware in the virtual machine where it is installed. Changes in the configuration of the virtual machine may require you to reactivate the operating system. There are some steps you can take to minimize the number of significant changes.
For more details on Windows XP product activation, see the Microsoft Web site.
VMware Workstation: On a Linux host with an XFree86 3.x X server, it is best not to run a screen saver in the guest operating system. Guest screen savers that demand a lot of processing power can cause the X server on the host to freeze.
The hibernation feature is not supported. Instead of using the guest operating system's hibernate feature, suspend the virtual machine.