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VMware windows xp image does not boot

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Warning: the system was unable to load a page of memory; this can be caused by network problems or a failing hard disk drive.

VMware Workstation unrecoverable error:(vcpu-0)

Exception 0xc0000006(disk error while paging ) has occured

A log file is available ………………………..


For anyone who regulary uses VMware a message like this is can be very disturbing ; and so it was for me earlier today when I was just routinely trying to boot up my windows xp image. The image would not boot up and a error window  bearing the aforementioned mambo jambo would pop up. 

I am not really sure what is going on here; but if I were to guess it could be that the hard disk space  the image  is present in is possibly corrupted.

Thanks to one my friends, here is a fix:

Go to the VM console and look for a option called “Clone this Virtual Machine” . Click this and it will open a wizard for you. You are basically using this wizard to create a copy of your image (aka VM) into another location on the hard disk that is hopefully not corrupted.  Breeze past the next few screens of the wizard that popped up  and make sure — this is very important — that you select a new location on your hard disk for the copy of the image  that is going to be created. A safe idea is to create a folder , by name say “MyImage Copy” in  a folder that is not at all related to the folder structure of your corrupeted image . Once you are through with the wizard and a good 20-40 minutes later –it should take around 20 to 40 minutes or possibly more depending on the size of your VM to do the ‘copying’  or ‘cloning’– you should notice that the “MyVM Copy” folder now has all you need to start(or boot) the image afresh. Of course, the state of your image should be identical to what it was when you last opened it .

BTW you can now delete your old corrupted image.

Written by Karthik Reddy

May 26, 2009 at 8:17 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. this is great! it helps me a lot


    June 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  2. great post, it saves my crshed VM

    Nicola Bua

    March 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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