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Win 7 image stuck in boot loop when run as VM


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technista

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A client sent me a post-sysprep image to turn into a VM. When I ghost this image onto a physical PC, it runs fine. When I try ghosting this image onto a VM, it makes it past the "Starting Windows" screen and moves to a screen that says "Setup is starting services". After about 30 seconds on this screen, it loops back to the BIOS and begins again. When I try it in Safe Mode, it gets passed the page where everything loads, moves to the "Setup is starting services" page, then pops-up a dialog box saying "Windows can not complete installation in Safe Mode. To continue installing Windows reset the computer." When I take the hard drive from the physical computer and try using it as the storage for a VM, it loops the same way, but I don't think it makes it to the "Setup is starting services" screen.
I have tried installing a clean Windows on a VM, which works well, as using the hard drive from a computer running a clean install as the VM's storage, which also boots up without a problem.
The image is from a large enterprise with a wonderful IT team, so I don't think there's something inherently wrong with it. (Though clearly something the VM doesn't like)
I'm using KVM on CentOS to make/run the VMs.

I think I'm way out of my league here ~ Help!! - Natalie

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Edited by technista, 05 May 2012 - 12:48 PM.

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By comparison, the next screen that it reaches when I ghost the physical computer says "Setup is installing devices"
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Your computer has to support BIOS/CPU Virtualization. If it doesn't then you will see this kind of error.

I spent weeks trying to get Win 7 to run as a Oracle VirtualBox guest and finally determined it was caused by the lack of CPU Virtualization support.
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I can run a Windows 7 VM as a clean install fine. It's this image that refuses to be virtualized.
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