Guest Operating System Installation Guide : Installing Guest Operating Systems : Windows XP

Windows XP
You can install Windows XP Home Edition or Professional in a virtual machine using the corresponding Windows XP distribution CD.
Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:
ESX, VMware Workstation, and VMware ACE. To use the virtual BusLogic SCSI adapter in a Windows XP virtual machine, you need a special SCSI driver available from the download section of the VMware Web site at www.vmware.com/download. Follow the instructions on the Web site to use the driver with a fresh installation of Windows XP.
ESX. If you are using the virtual LSI Logic SCSI adapter in a Windows XP virtual machine, download the driver from the download center at the LSI Logic Web site. Go to http://www.lsi.com/cm/DownloadSearch.do?locale=EN and download the LSI20320-R SCSI adapter driver for your guest operating system.
The LSI Logic Web site also provides a guide for installing the drivers. Go to http://www.lsi.com/. Select Support & Downloads > Documentation. Enter the search term Fusion MPT to find the Fusion-MPT Device Management User Guide.
You can use the vmscsi SCSI driver for the virtual BusLogic SCSI adapter provided on the Windows XP Professional floppy image that is included with the ESX software. Although supported by ESX 4.0 Update 1, the e1000 NIC driver is not provided with the 32-bit version of Windows XP Professional. For support, download the driver from the Intel Web site. See knowledge base article 1016456 at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1016456.
If you have a virtual machine with a SCSI virtual disk and an earlier Windows guest operating system, and want to upgrade the virtual machine to Windows XP, install the new SCSI driver before upgrading the operating system.
Installation Steps
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If you are using the virtual BusLogic SCSI driver downloaded from the VMware Web site or the LSI Logic SCSI driver downloaded from the LSI Logic Web site, you must install an additional driver.
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This allows you to select the additional SCSI driver required for installation.
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Refer to knowledge base article 1012885 at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1012885 for more information.