If you are trying to install Windows Vista RC1 in VMWare Workstation, you may see setup appear to hang on the text-mode screen that says "Windows is loading files…".
Actually what has happened is that Vista Setup is already in graphics mode trying to do things, but something about the way it switches the display adapter into graphics mode is not working right on VMWare.
Since Microsoft makes a competitive product, Virtual PC, this is funny that they come out with a major new test release(Windows Vista RC1) that just not work on VMWare Workstation. Or Product team did not test this product with VMWare Workstation? But in my memory, I can recall that Microsoft also using VMWare Workstation before Microsoft has bought VirtualPC.
After researching, I found that there is a workaround, for now, while VMWare works on the problem. Before you install Windows Vista RC1 to VMWare Workstation, you may edit the virtual machine's .vmx to include the following,
svga.maxWidth = "640"
svga.maxHeight = "480"
You can get Vista installed in VGA 16 color 640×480 mode (it will look awful) and then when you get everything running, install VMWare tools and take out those two lines and you'll be good to go.
Windows Vista RC1 has been released to Beta Testers for almost a week, and it is also becoming public download since today(as Patrick S blogged, click here for detail). ATI and Nvidia has also released their most update display driver for Windows Vista RC1. You may download them and install into your Windows Vista RC1.
ATI Product series supported:
9500, 9550, 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900 series
- Mobility™ Radeon®
9550, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, X700, X800, X1300, X1400, X1600, X1800 series
- CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 series
- Radeon® Xpress 200, 200M series
Build 5536.16385 (released 24/08/2006)
This is Pre-RC1, Unlike Beta 2, only the x86 (32bit) version of 5536 is made available. However, the 32bit version will run fine on 64bit CPU's. This pre-RC1 build is available for a limited time – Microsoft will close the program when they reach 100,000 downloads.
Build 5600.16384 (released on 01/09/2006)
Now it is only available to Beta Testers.
Next week, a broader set of technical customers will get them via MSDN and TechNet.
There are a lot of improvements since Beta 2. MSFT has made some UI Adjustments, added more device drivers, and enhanced performance. If you are an ISV, RC1 is the build you should use for certifying your application.
You should use your same key(s) from previous releases. To generate a new key, please request from key package “5342 and Up – Ultimate” and “Beta 2 Home Basic/Home Premium/Business (v.5384)”.
Minimum Hardware Requirement for this 2 builds
Processor: 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor2
System Memory: 512 MB
GPU: SVGA (800×600)
HDD: 20 GB
HDD Free Space: 15 GB