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How to Install Windows 7 or 10 Using VMware PVSCSI Drivers

Ok. So... installing VMware PVSCSI Adapters on a VM is a pain in the neck if you don't know how to do it. So...I want to save people some time. I figured out this is the fastest and less complicated process to get this done. These VM's are good for anything that requires speed.

Thanks Carl for your blog for VMware View!

1. Reference VMware KB article:

1a. The trick is to use 2 CD/DVD drives!!

1b. Add your second (2nd) CD/DVD!!

2. Create your VM. Make sure that your CD/DVD IDE is 0:0 or it won't boot to Windows. 
VMware Tools .ISO file should be 0:1.

3. DO NOT use the VMware Tools that comes with the ESXi host installation. Use the Latest VMware Tools. As of this blog entry. The latest VMware Tools release is 10.0.9. This is the Official Location for VMware Tools. Do not download it from anywhere else. 

4. Boot the VM and boot into Windows. This works for either Windows 7 or Windows 10.

5. Select Custom. Don't be dumb and upgrade an image for VMware View or Images. Start over and do it from scratch. You're waiting for a headache to come if you do an upgrade. Plus, it's just plain old lazy.

6. You won't see any drives listed because the PVSCSI driver is not loaded into the VM yet.

7. Browse for the driver. Select the VMware Tools DVD and drill down the the release.

8. Remember to use the right architecture for your VMware Tools. If it's x86 or x64. 

9. This is key and vital. You have to make sure that the NEXT button is not greyed out. As long as you followed the steps above it won't be greyed out. If it's greyed out. You did something wrong. Go back and do it over.

10. Go get some juice! It's going to take a little while.

11. If you doing a VMware Horizon View VM or Citrix XenDesktop. Use Carl's blog. It's very good!! 

VMware Horizon View:
Citrix XenDesktop:

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