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    in reply to: Setting up a slim (minimal) Windows host for VMware player #391126

    It’s old hardware – over 10 years old – that still runs, say, Windows Seven in a VM acceptably (XP host). My host has one giga byte of memory, the idea being I ‘ll be able to provide most of it to the guest. The problem with VMware server is not so much of performance per se (although of course my CPU not great by today’s standards), rather, AFAIK, VMware server was compatible with a restricted set of server HW (including motherboard chipsets) that did not include this old desktop. Missing motherboard drivers for VMware server is a non-starter isn’t it ? I shall look at nlite and browse thru the search results you binged. Thank you !

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    in reply to: about installing VHDMOUNT #391125
    JeremyW;n492725 wrote:
    To your first question, if they say it’s a requirement then I trust it is but I don’t now why. And I know of no workaround.

    Fair enough…

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    As for other tools, you can try Daemon Tools. https://www.daemon-tools.cc/home Watch out for the crapware on the install though. They’ve been around for forever. I haven’t used them for awhile since most of the functionality I wanted I can now do natively with current OS’s. There are probably 100’s of tools out there that you could try.

    Thanks ! I’ll be trying Daemon ! ‘Hundreds’ of tools may be an exaggeration, btw, esp. free tools and that won’t blue screen
    out of a whim…

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    And as far as FAT32 being a requirement, why? What does FAT32 support that NTFS doesn’t?

    Multi-boot, interopeability. Yes nowadays you can more or less reliably mount NTFS from Linux and even from Windows 98 (I use and am recommending Paragon for the latter), but not all systems have the required drivers at hand, and accessing NTFS from DOS is tedious to say the least… you see the picture… nothing beats FAT for universality and ubiquity.

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    in reply to: about installing VHDMOUNT #391124
    JeremyW;n492704 wrote:
    Still running XP? Ideally you would get on a more current OS as soon as possible. The vulnerabilities are growing.

    Anyways, one option would be to just convert the system partition (%systemdrive%) to NTFS

    Yes, but no, sorry : FAT32 is a requirement here, not an overlook. I wished to know if, yes or no, true to God,
    the vhd mount utility requires that the system partition be NTFS (because, frankly, there does not seem to be probable cause for such a requirement).

    And then my subsidiary question, may I recall it, was asking for opinions of alternatives to vhdmount, /not/ NTFS conversion :=) I’ve checked Winimage, that does allow browsing files and directories inside a VHD, but does not “mount” it
    – as in, assign a drive letter, allow access from Explorer and other applications, etc…

    Thank you very much indeed…

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