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As described in a previous post the Developer Preview of Windows 8 works on latest version of VMware Workstation, but not on vSphere (neither the latest 5 release).

But with recent vSphere fix is now possible, as reported by:

Disclaimer: VMware still does not officially support Windows 8 on vSphere, this is mainly for educational and testing purposes. Do not use this in a production environmentHere are the five easy steps to run Windows 8 on ESXi 5

  1. Download and install ESXi500-201112001 (patch02) from VMware patch repository. Build Number: 515841
  2. Create either a Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 regular VM (must be either of these guests)
  3. Edit your VM and under “Hardware->Video Card” enable 3D graphics support (this is required if you plan on running VMware Tools). You will also need to use e1000 network driver, VMXNET3 does not work
  4. Install Windows 8 using ISO
  5. Sit back and wait for the installation to complete.

The real package that seems to fix the Windows 8 installation seems to be the one described in the KB 2007671.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2489 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.