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One of the best ways to test a new (or old) operating system is to install it in a virtual environment. Instead of messing with physical hardware, you create virtual disks, run processes on a virtual CPU, test what happens when you add some virtual memory, and save the whole thing as a file that you can restore in a few minutes.

I’ve been running various builds of Windows Vista in virtual machines for months now, but not without a lot of pain. And recent builds have been particularly troublesome.

Windows Vista RC1 installs and runs just fine on Microsoft’s free Virtual Server 2005 R2. It also reportedly installs and runs on VMWare Server, although I haven’t personally tested this combination.

But if you try to install any recent build of Windows Vista on VMWare Workstation, you’ll be stymied. The opening setup screens appear, but the system appears to hang when it reaches the end of the text-mode “Windows is loading files…” screen.

Read the rest of the story at: Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report

Betagnome says *** I have tried to setup Vista on VMWare and earlier Virtual Server builds, as well as Virtual PC and have had no luck to date, I am downloading Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 as I post this and will attempt another virtual install - check back to see if I was successful. As you can tell by my nickname - I am not afraid of BETA software!!!


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