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I am using VMware Fusion 2.0.6. I want to boot virtual machine from iso file. How do I get into bios and change boot options?

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To force the machine to enter the BIOS setup once (but continue booting normally on subsequent start-ups), add bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE" to VM's .vmx file.

Alternatively, quickly press F2 while booting. To make this easier, set bios.bootDelay = "xxxx" in the .vmx file, where xxxx is the number of milliseconds during which the VM will wait for the F2 signal.


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What about with EFI virtual machines, is there an equivalent option to force entering setup? I can't seem to find which keyboard shortcut works. – sstur Oct 2 '15 at 6:19
Actually, this trick also seems to work with EFI machines. Thanks for the tip! – sstur Oct 2 '15 at 6:39

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