Windows 8 Release Preview on VMWare Your PC needs to restart

Happily having Windows 8 Release Preview version iso downloaded, and i came across this problem when trying to create a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation.

Your PC needs to restart. Please hold down the power button. Error code 0x0000005D

This problem is due to your BIOS setting is not setup properly to run the VM.

For my case, I’m using HP ProBook 4310. Below are the steps to solve this problem

1) Reboot PC and press F10 to go to BIOS Configuration page.

2) Enable “Data Execution Prevention” (some motherboards name this option as “No-Execution Memory Protection“)

3) Save the changes and restart the PC.

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  1. Thanks mate. Great tip. Saved me a lot of time trying to figure out why my VMs don’t work after the motherboard replacement. Great you can share your finding here.

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