Sunday, April 8, 2012

VMware Player - Windows XP Mode

Trying to convert a Windows XP Mode Virtual PC image to run in VMware Player 4.0.2, the embedded feature failed on me although I do have the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 working fine.

The "VMware vCenter Converter Standalone" product is not configured properly for use with VMware Player.

A ProcMon trace didn’t show much, I see it cannot find some registry keys for the product CLSID; found the log file, but not much help.

Using the standalone converter on its own works just fine.

But later when running the VM, it will ask for Windows activation.

From what I understand XP Mode actually works, it uses differential disks on top of the base image, which is supposed to contain an already activated Windows copy.

Apparently the solution is quite simple, maybe something the VM import should have done.

Edit the .vmx file and add this parameter:

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