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 PostPost subject: Having issues installing Windows Longhorn/Vista 5112        Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:51 pm 
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I'm following the instructions on the Microsoft Collection Book when you get to the installation stage regarding the "missing" hard drive.

The first time I did the instructions I didn't do the last step, I only did the following:

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# Boot from CD
# When setup says: Welcome to Setup press Shift+F10, this will bring up the command prompt.
# Type: Diskpart
# Type: Select Disk 0
# Type: Clean
# Type: Create Partition Primary
# Type: Select partition 1
# Type: Active
# Type: Exit (2 times)
# Reboot the Virtual Machine (or real)
# Now run setup as normal.


Unfortunately the setup as normal part didn't happen. I only got a Missing Operating System and a black screen.

Then I added the 'optional' line:

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Press F10 and then type at: C:\format C: /fs:NTFS /q


And this looked more promising, but I simply got an NTLDR is missing, press alt-ctl-del to restart.

Any clues...?

Am running VMware on a virtual IDE disc (have tried SATA as well).

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 PostPost subject: Re: Having issues installing Windows Longhorn/Vista 5112        Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:52 pm 
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I may be way off here but I seem to recall with VMware and Longhorn I had to a) create the disk fully as fixed size and/or b) format it with another formatting tool before running the Longhorn setup. Could be wrong but worth a shot perhaps...


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 PostPost subject: Re: Having issues installing Windows Longhorn/Vista 5112        Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:26 am 
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For some longhorn setup's you need to also format the drive with the optional line given.

If it's IDE in VMWare, it is an IDE drive which you format, vmware doesn't use you're own IDE/SATA.

After the partitioning (and for playing it safe also after format) and the re-run the setup.
It should work.

I have personally tested all builds for problems.

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VMware has only IDE or SCSI drives.
And you need to boot into the CD/DVD to re-run the setup, not simply rebooting and saying it doesn't work.
Go in VMWare, boot the VM, Press F2, go to the BOOT tab and set the CD/DVD drive above the HD and F10 to save and reboot. Then press on any key when the message tell you to do and then you can re-run the setup and it will complete.

Otherwise the image you have is corrupt.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Having issues installing Windows Longhorn/Vista 5112        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:17 am 
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Yeah I'm not rebooting off the CD.

Will give it a try, cheers.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Having issues installing Windows Longhorn/Vista 5112        Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:11 am 
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Got it working, thanks to all that helped.

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