Friday, March 14, 2014

How to Set VMware Boot from a CD Disk


The Virtual Machine (VM) boots from its hard drive by default, but you may want to boot it from CD disk containing Windows startup files to repair your VM or to run certain software. Then how can you boot your VMware from CD disk? Sounds fresh and mysterious? Follow me to reveal it.

Step1: Open VMware Workstation. Insert a CD disk in your host computer, click on VM menu, swipe to Removable Decives > CD/DVD (IDE) and then click on Connect to connect the CD disk to the VMware.

Step 2: Click on VM menu and select CD/DVD (IDE) under Hardware tab. On the right side, tick in Connected and Connected at power on check box and then choose Use physical drive.
Step 3: Restart your VMware and change boot sequence to set CD-ROM as the first boot device.

Option One: Set from Boot Menu.
1. When the VMware is starting up, press Esc key immediately when the prompt message that Press Esc to enter Boot Menu shows. Then you can see the following screenshot.


2. Press arrow key to select CD-ROM Drive and press Enter to boot from.
Option Two: Set from BIOS Setup Utility
1. When the VMware is starting up, press F2 key immediately when the prompt message that Press F2 to enter Setup shows. Then you can see the following screenshot.
2. Press arrow key “to select Boot tab.
3. Press “+” key to promote CD-ROM Drive to the first place to set it as the first boot device.
4. Press F10 key to save the changes and exit.
Step 4: The VMware boots from the CD disk and loads the contents in it.
Then you can do the follow-up operations when you successfully boot your VMware from the CD disk.