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I tried to install Vmware workstation 7.0 and Vmwware player 3.0 in a windows server 2008 machine and got the following error immediately after installation starts "Error: This product can only be installed on Windows XP or later. Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and 2000 are not supported"

What can be the reason for this strange error.

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According to the release notes Windows 2008 SP2 R2 is only supported as a Guest. Same for player.

You may want to try VMware Server; however, I can't find if Windows 2008 is supported as a guest or not. Failing that, I'd try Sun's VirtualBox it supports VMware disk images.

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I found out after searching in google that I have to uninstall the hyper-v server role. Once I did that installation was successful and I can start my VMs.

I think you cannnot run hyper-v and vmware simultaneously.

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