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“Installing Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview hangs on the first boot”

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A VMTN user raised an interesting discussion after installing the latest release of Microsoft’s Windows 8, specifically the Release Preview. The initial software install completes but on the first reboot the spiralling dots ‘progress’ indicator spins forever…¬†After a few inputs from other VMTN users the answer came to light.

Add this line to the VMX file before powering on and starting the installation.

vmGenCounter.enable = FALSE

More information and how to run Microsoft Windows 8 in Fusion 4.1.x too. The entire thread is here: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/403949?tstart=0