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VMware Video driver problems with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

If you plan to use Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 as a guest operating system, do not use the SVGA drivers included with VMware Tools. Use the standard SVGA driver instead.


To deselect the SVGA drivers installed with VMware Tools:

  1. When you install VMware Tools, select VMware Tools Custom Install and deselect the SVGA driver.

Alternatively, remove the SVGA driver from the Device Manager after installing VMware Tools.This information was taken from: VMware’s support site.

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VMware Tools Upgrade: The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter.

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

After upgrading VMware Tools on both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 guest operating systems, the servers lost their IP Address configuration.  When I attempted to change the IP Addresses back I received the following error:

“The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter Name of adapter.”

It appears the VMware Tools upgrade uninstalled and then reinstalled the network drivers, causing the original network card and their settings to be orphaned.  The only way to view them is to show hidden devices within device manager for removal.  This KB goes into detail:


  • Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
  • Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
  • Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
  • Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
  • Expand the Network Adapters tree.
  • Right-click the dimmed network adapter, and then click Uninstall.


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    Unable to Contact IP Driver, error code 5 Windows 2008 Server hosted on Vmware

    September 10, 2009 Leave a comment

    I ran into an issue where a pair of my servers lost network connectivity after installing VMWare tools.  The update disabled the TCP\IP stack.  If I tried to ping any server I received the error: “Unable to to contact IP driver, error code 5.”

    The fix is to run this command:  netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt


    After you run this command and reboot, you will have to go back and re-specify any static IP addresses you assigned to the server. 

    Please note:

    1. You will have to know the local admin password, as domain authentication will not work nor will any cached credentials.
    2. This may also be a profile specific problem.  Logging on with another admin credential may correct the issue.
    3. You may have to recreate the machine SID, if the machine image was created using a template.



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    \Windows\System32\winload.exe error on a VMWare Host – 2008 Server

    July 23, 2009 2 comments

    After resizing a system disk on a Windows 2008 Server VMWare Guest, an error occured when rebooting the server :


    The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

    To solve this issue, I inserted the Windows 2008 installation CD and booted from it. Do not select Install, but select Repair.  Open the command prompt selection.
    The Windows 2008 boot configuration can be configured with the tool BCDEDIT.EXE.  (command-line options)

    First you can run the tool to see the current settings.

    From the Command Window, switch over to your C: drive, or the drive letter you gave your host’s boot drive.



    It should probably look something like this :

    Windows Boot Manager
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    device                  unknown
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    default                 {current}
    displayorder            {current}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    identifier              {current}
    device                  unknown
    path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description             Microsoft Windows Server 2008
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice                unknown
    systemroot              \Windows
    resumeobject            {12f74cff-e685-11dd-8438-93c12396c12f}nx                     



    The highlighted text in red is what we are looking for. 

    THE FIX: To solve the issue for the starting location (currently unknown) you can use the following 3 commands :

    1. c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
    2. c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:
    3. c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c:

    Once complete, reboot your VMware hosted server.

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