Fun with VMware Fusion 3.1.2 instability

Windows 95 crashing after autoloading the VMware Tools installer

Want to regularly emulate a guaranteed system crash or even a BSoD? Install VMware Fusion 3.1.2 build 332101 and follow me!

Windows 95

  1. Create a new VM and install any version of Windows 95
  2. Select Install VMware Tools from the Virtual Machine menu
  3. Wait for the VMware Tools CD to automount and autostart
  4. Budda boom! Kernel crash!

Windows NT

UPDATE: This issue has since been resolved in version 3.1.3, as I talked about here!

A simple crash dialogue box like that not enough? Well how about a fully blown kernel panic blue screen of death!

  1. Create a new VM and install any version of Windows NT 4.0 and either the high or regular encryption version of SP6.
  2. Select Install VMware Tools from the Virtual Machine menu
  3. Install any combination of the available VMware Tools you’d like
  4. Reboot, enjoy the show!

Windows NT crashing on boot after installing VMware Tools

As I blogged about in 2007, I've been a paid VMware Fusion user since Version 1 and have bought all the upgrades. Glad to see these new features being introduced :).

Seriously though, it sucks that I have to have VirtualBox on my Macs to run OSs that a product from a premier company like VMware should be able to handle, but lately can't. Tested the same configuration on my Mac Pro, my MacBook Pro and my sister's MacBook with the same results. Oh well.


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