If the CD/DVD inserted in the virtual CD/DVD drive of your virtual machine is compatible with booting in EFI, then the virtual machine will boot on it.
Otherwise, this message will appear for a very short time.
You may not have time to see it.
unsuccessful. Press any key to continue...
When using a VMware virtual machine with EFI firmware, you can no longer boot from old bootable CDs/DVDs that are not compatible with EFI.
The only way to do this at the moment is to temporarily change the type of firmware in your virtual machine settings.
To do this, go to the "Options" tab, select "Advanced" and select "BIOS" in the "Firmware type" section.
Now, start on the virtual machine BIOS by using the "Power On to Firmware" option and move the "CD-ROM Drive" option up in the "Boot" tab.
Then, save the changes by pressing F10 and then press Enter.
As expected, the virtual machine starts on your bootable CD/DVD
Once you have finished using your bootable CD/DVD, don't forget to reset the type of firmware to UEFI and reactivate secure boot if it was activated in your virtual machine.
The last possibility to change the boot order of a VMware virtual machine is to modify its ".vmx" file.
To do this, open it with the notepad.
In this configuration file, look for the "bios.bootOrder" parameter and edit it (or add it if necessary) like this :
bios.bootOrder = "cdrom,floppy,hdd"
If you use the "hdd" option in the "bios.bootOrder" line, you will need to add an additional line with the order of the desired virtual hard disks.
bios.hddOrder = "scsi0:0"
Note that these settings only work from version 7 of VMware Workstation.
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