In my previous post I created a USB installation disk with the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Now I am going to use the USB flash disk drive to install my systems. I also can use this media to install my virtual machines. VMWare Workstation 6.5 or lower does not support to boot from USB removable disks, but there is a workaround to achieve that.
Start VMWare Workstation and open the properties of your VM; then create new virtual harddisk and use the physical partition of the inserted USB disk. In following screenshots you can see how I did to get it done:
Add Hardware Wizard and add Hard Disk
Select “Use a physical disk“
Select the USB flash drive device “PhysicalDrive1” and “Use individual partitions“
Select the partition.
Specify the Disk File and Finish the configuration of the virtual disk
Install Windows 7
Select the language options
Accept the license terms
Make sure that right partition is selected
The installation of Windows 7 will start.
Thanks to VMWare Workstation I was able to use the new USB flash drive media to install Windows 7. Burning ISO images to CD/DVD is becoming less popular. I like using the USB flash/disk drives more and more.
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