Cannot change boot order VMware – items cannot be modified in user mode

Recently I had a problem changing the boot order on a Windows VM hosted on vSphere 6.7 with BIOS configured as boot software.

When I tried to change the boot order I could locate the message:

All items on this menu cannot be modified in user mode. If any items require changes, please consult your system Supervisor.

As a result I could not boot from the CD device. This happens because the boot order is defined on the .vmx file of the virtual machine. In more detail the bios.bootOrder attribute should be changed accordingly.

Download and edit .vmx. You should add cdrom as the first option.

Rename the existing .vmx for backup purposes


Force a BIOS boot on setup screen

Upload the .vmx file on VM datastore folder.

Then the boot will be performed from CD as expected.

How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on Microsoft Hyper V (Windows 8.1 pro)

Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to install Windows 10 tech preview on Microsoft Hyper-V.

First of all go and download the .iso from

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download

  1. Run hyper-v and click New -> Virtual Machine start-step
  2. Press next step1
  3. Give a name for the new virtual machine 
  4. Click Generation 1step3
  5. Provide ram size (suggest: 2 GB and more)step4
  6. Choose Not Connected for now.We will change that laterstep5
  7. Give your hard disk a size. You can store your virtual hard disc anywhere you want.You can also select one that already exists.step6
  8. Choose the bootable iso that you have downloaded from the windows insider pagestep7
  9. Press finishstep8
  10. Go to virtual switch managerstart-step
  11. New virtual network switch -> External
  12. Choose your network adapter and give virtual switch a namestep11
  13. Then select Settings -> Network Adapter -> and choose that you created on the previous stepstep12
  14. You are ready to rock!windows10-screenshot