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VMWare doesn’t like competition?

That was a surprise, we tried to install VMWare workstation and we got the following message: “Error: This product may not be installed on a computer that has Microsoft HyperV installed.” VMWare must really hate competition, this is like Word saying it’s not going to run unless you remove any piece of Adobe software immediately.

Since we didn’t think it was fair of VMWare to demand this of us, we used the vmdk2vhd converter (at ) which was able to convert the VMWare image we needed to a VHD file and used that within Hyper-V. The conversion worked great!

6 responses to “VMWare doesn’t like competition?

  1. Jan December 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    As VMWare was first on the workstation, I think it’s the other way around. It’s a real shame you can’t use them both though…

  2. Craig December 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    At a guess, I’d say that this is because you probably can’t have two virtualisation systems using the same CPU virtualisation hooks.
    If the same thing doesn’t happen when you install Hyper-V on a machine that already has VMWare, I suspect Hyper-V probably pushes out VMWare’s hooks (system drivers or however it’s done) and VMWare wont run after a reboot.

    But I’m just guessing…

  3. Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman December 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Sounds logical, we’ve never tried the other way around.

  4. RichardARuth (@RichardARuth) December 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    You can run hyper-v inside a vmware box. They’re just dissin. Way to blow them out!

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