Windows Server 2012 – Install Error

KB ID 0000618 


I thought I’d spin up Server 2012 today, and as usual with all new OS’s I run them up in VMware Workstation to take a look (I’m running Workstation 8.0.3 build-703057).

As soon as it started up I was greeted by this.

Server 2010 Your PC needs to restart

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

Below is information for VMware Workstation and ESXi 5


For VMware Workstation

1. In my case it was simply a BIOS setting that needed to be enabled. Enter your system BIOS and locate a feature called Data Execution Prevention, (or No Execute Memory Protection).

Data Execution Prevention

2. Enable that setting, then ensure you shut the machine down then manually power it back on again.

Enable Data Execution Prevention

Additional Points to Note when installing Server 2012

Make sure on the properties of the VM > Hardware > Processors > Tick Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or V/RVI (Note: Virtual support should also be enabled in the host machines BIOS).

VT-x/EPT or V/RV

VMware Workstation – Error – “Virtualized Intel VT-x/EPT is disabled”

VMware Workstation likes to automatically install VMware Tools, Sometimes Server 2012 does not like this and sits with a black screen that will flash blue when you click on it. So to Stop it Installing VMware Tools, Options Tab > VMware Tools > Select Manual. Note: you can always snapshot it and then manually install it later it you want to test. This has been a problem since the early releases of Windows 8.

Workstation Stop VMware Tools

Solution For ESXi5

1. Here’s the same problem on an ESXi 5 host.

ESX Server 2012 Error

2. Before you do anything you need to be at ESXi 5.0 U1 for Server 2012 to be supported (That’s build number 623860 or better).

ESX Server 2012 version

ESX Server 2012 Support

3. However in this case the problem is the same as above, The server in question was an HP Proliant ML 350 G5. Boot the server and press F9 to enter the RBSU > Advanced Options.

Server 2012 ESX HP Server

4. Processor Options

Server 2012 ESX HP Server CPU options

5. Enable ‘No-Execute Memory Protection” > Exit and save settings.

Server 2012 ESX HP Server No-Execute Memory Support

6. And now we are good to go.

Server 2012 Running on ESX

Follow up

04/07/12 Email from Simon Reindl:

I had to update my Bios as InsydeH2O does not offer any tweaking options, It is using Compal Bios (previous 9, now 10 – downloaded from It is using InsydeH20 BIOS on a Compal motherboard. It is a custom build.


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