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!