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Installing Guest Operating Systems

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Windows XP Installation Guidelines

Windows XP Installation Guidelines

Support

Support

This guest operating system is supported on the following VMware products:

  • VMware Workstation 4.0 - Windows XP Professional and Home Edition, Service Pack 1 (listed versions also supported with no service pack)
  • VMware ESX Server 2.0 - Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 1
General Installation Notes

General Installation Notes

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.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

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.

Installing the Guest Operating System

Installing the Guest Operating System

  1. Insert the installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing the guest operating system.
  3. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine.
VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details on installing VMware Tools, see the manual for your VMware product.

Known Issues

Known Issues

Product Activation

Product Activation

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.

  • Set the final memory size for your virtual machine before you activate Windows XP. When you cross certain thresholds - approximately 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB - the product activation feature sees the changes as significant.

    Note: The size reported to the Windows product activation feature is slightly less than the actual amount configured for the virtual machine. For example, 128MB is interpreted as falling in the 64MB-127MB range.

  • Install VMware Tools before you activate Windows XP. When the SVGA driver in the VMware Tools package is installed, it activates features in the virtual graphics adapter that make it appear to Windows XP as a new graphics adapter.
  • If you want to experiment with any other aspects of the virtual machine configuration, do so before activating Windows XP. Keep in mind that you have 30 days for experimentation before you have to activate the operating system.

For more details on Windows XP product activation, see the Microsoft Web site.

Guest Screen Saver

Guest Screen Saver

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.

Hibernation

Hibernation

The hibernation feature is not supported. Instead of using the guest operating system's hibernate feature, suspend the virtual machine.

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