Oct 032011
 

Not sure where all the issue is coming from out there. Apparently there are issues installing the latest version of VMware DiskMount on a Windows 7 x64 OS.  I guess it makes no sense if you think about it. Why would VMware botch something they have built their business around? Probably because they have expanded very well over the last several years and have very little direction with their code anymore and how to manage software updates appropriately. They probably also need to consider adding a more robust QA process with their release testing. Now that being said, here is a quick capture of how to properly install DiskMount on a Windows 7 64bit Operating System so you can finally open your much needed Windows 98 SE virtual disk file and add the needed drivers for sound and network!

  •  Start the installer by right clicking and selecting install as administrator
  • click next at the VMware DiskMount Utility installation wizard
  • At the license prompt, please make sure you fully read the entire agreement. Then print it out and file it away in the event you want to read it one evening or happen to be on the toilette and needed a good read!
  • After you click on “I accept the terms in the license agreement”, go ahead and click on next. Now note – we are not implying the fact you are going to accept the terms, but if you want to have the software installed to do your job, this is the only solution.
  • Assuming you clicked on next – you should be at a prompt allowing you to choose your destination folder. This is the important step. Your windows 7 64bit os is by default going to want to slap the code into the (x86) directory. Since this installer is dumb (thanks vmware) we are going to have to trick the installer and plop it where we would traditionally install only our 64 bit applications. So remove the ‘(x86)’ part and install VMware DiskMount to ‘c:\program files\vmware\vmware diskmount utility\’ and click on next when you are ready to continue.
  • courtesy of the install, you will be reminded that you need to click on the install button just in case you forgot to change something. make any last minute updates and click on the ‘install’ button when you are ready!
  • Once complete you will get a success message indicating everything was good. If you messed up the install path, you will get a message indicating ‘the wizard was interrupted before VMware Diskmount Utility could be completed’. To correct and properly install repeat the above steps and thoroughly read what I have typed this time!

 

  3 Responses to “VMware DiskMount on Win7 x64”

  1. Thanks for posting this article. Looks like if you cancel the installer [taskkill /im msiexec.exe /f] right before it decides to roll back and manually register some dll’s you can successfully get Diskmount to work.

    Although not relevant to the document, I just wanted to say the marriage of PCoIP (Teradici) and VMware is complete bunk. With the onslaught of Windows 8 RDP improvements and Citrix ICS literally dominating the industry, VMware and Teradici do not have a chance. Heck, Teradici doesn’t event have an API or SDK for people to further develop the platform from. And if you want to broker PCoIP devices, you have to use the ultra kludge and horribly built Ericom broker! Good thing Teradici is still a private company :)

  2. Whew!

    A good deal of time has passed since your original post. And yet, even following your advice I get the “Install, interrupted” version. I tried shooting it down, like J.Knight says, and I get a few files in the folder – get this – under the “Program Files (x86) folder after all. And I am absolutely certain I changed that and verified that the “wizard” reflected the change.

    Let me try this on a 32 bit system … (I don’t believe I just said that!)

  3. I did just say that! And I did do it, too. And it worked as well, which is the crazy thing – well, i still have to see if the update to the VM disk also took.

    Okay, here goes: I used my wife’s tiny XP “home basic or whatever” system – 32 bit (I am tempted to say “if that much” … but yeah.) I brought the VMs in question and the DiskMount install file on a USB drive, installed the program – not even a funny look. Ran he utility from a command prompt, learned the proper command line syntax, mounted drive after drive, extracted the data I needed to compare, added USB 2.0 drivers so I can install proper USB support later and copy stuff around using USB sticks (if the add worked.)

    One wonders what happened here, really.

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