When I try to install Windows 10 on a VM, this appears:

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Network boot from Intel E1000
Copyright (C) 2003-2014 VMware, Inc.
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 0C 29 EC 19 17  GUID: 564D036B-A131-62B4-9CG4-4BAAEEEC1917
PXE-E53: No boot filename received

PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
Operating System not found


Network boot from Intel E1000... (etc.)

Looks like PXE...

I recreated the VM, and it gave me an EFI boot message.

Attempting to start up from:
-> EFI VMWare Hard Drive
-> EFI Network Boot...
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    Images are not reable for everyone. Please consider adding the actual text for those of us with screenreaders etc. It also makes it much easier to search for. As to the second error 'an EFI boot message' is rather vague. Please edit the post and add the actual error. And mention if you are doing an EFI boot on a GPT formatted vistual disk or any other boot.
    – Hennes
    Nov 14, 2017 at 15:50
  • Thanks for adding an image, Alfabravo I don't have enough rep to do it :) Nov 14, 2017 at 16:03
  • Have you correctly configured the CD Drive in your VM? e.g. it should be either the physical drive if you are inserting a physical DVD disk or location of the DVD image .iso for example.
    – rajeev
    Nov 14, 2017 at 16:07
  • It's the ISO, positive. Nov 14, 2017 at 18:32
  • In the boot text I do nto even see it attempting to access an iso or a physical DVD player. It there more text above it where it tries to do so? If not, go to the VMs firmware (aka the fake BIOS) and make sure that it does see its harddrive, that a CD is visible and that network boot is not set as the first option).
    – Hennes
    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:53

6 Answers 6


I had the same issue. My solution was to recreate the VM, select Advanced when installing, and choose BIOS instead of UEFI.

If you don't want to have to recreate your VM, just click on it in the sidebar, press 'Edit virtual machine settings', go to the tab 'Options', click 'Advanced' at the bottom, and change the 'Firmware type' to BIOS.

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    For VM Fusion 15 I had to un-check "easy install" and this worked.
    – Nick M
    Jan 3, 2019 at 3:07
  • @Sam1370 There is no possibility to change this setting AFTER the creation of a VM?
    – PeterCo
    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:27
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    @PeterCo Honestly I don't know, you could try. I am literally a complete beginner to VMWare and I found this question in search of help. A few minutes later I found the answer and decided to post it.
    – sam1370
    Mar 25, 2019 at 0:44
  • @PeterCo Coming back to this question, there is a way; see my updated answer.
    – sam1370
    Sep 18, 2020 at 3:09

Browse to the folder containing your VM and open the .vmx file in Notepad or the editor of your choice. Then, scroll to the bottom and add this line to the config file.

firmware = "bios"

Works like magic!

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    This was the only way I could have "Workstation 16 Player" work, since it doesn't seem to have the advanced UI option
    – acheron55
    Jan 25, 2022 at 8:14

I had the same issue today and my fix was going to the VM configuration and under OS, changing Windows 7 to Windows 7 x64.

Then it booted into Windows 7 Installer ISO in UEFI mode (with secure boot unticked).

  • IIRC win7 UEFI is x64 only, so setting it to ancient 32 bit mode would indeed cause problems.
    – Hennes
    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:51

As we see in the screenshot, your VM is attempting PXE boot and failing. What is likely happening is that you're not able to connect to the VM quickly enough to respond to the Press any key to boot into Windows Installer screen.

To fix this, set the boot delay to 6 seconds or higher to give you time to click this. Browse to the folder containing our VM and open the .vmx file in Notepad or your editor of choice. Then, scroll to the bottom and add this line to the config file.

bios.bootDelay = "6000"

This should provide enough time to start the VM, then hit ESC to choose your boot device. Pick the Windows 10 ISO and then hit a button to when you see the prompt for Press any key to boot into Windows installer.

If this still doesn't work, then ensure that you set the disk image as the first boot device.

  • The 6000 means 6 seconds? (I'm a programmer, I'm used to these things) Nov 14, 2017 at 16:02
  • Yes, it's an amount of time in milliseconds.
    – FoxDeploy
    Nov 14, 2017 at 16:27
  • This shows i67.tinypic.com/4kdgx.png Nov 14, 2017 at 18:36
  • Hit ESC to choose the boot device and then pick the Windows 10 install .wim file you mounted.
    – FoxDeploy
    Nov 15, 2017 at 14:12
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    I chose dvd drive and nothing happened but it saying "Operating System not found" xD why Nov 15, 2017 at 22:20

The same issue with me when installing W10 VM using Workstation 16: But it worked out when I downloaded VMWare WorkStation 16 Professional. Shutdown VM, edit VM settings-->options-->Advanced-->change firmware type to BIOS


Same issue with Windows 2016. I tried a lot of things i've seen on various forums, but the only way I got it working by configuring the following VM settings:

  • firmware type: BIOS
  • CD/DVD(SATA): use ISO image file : my_iso_path.iso

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