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Slowing the VMWare boot process

One of the great things about VM’s is how quickly they boot. This however can be a problem when you need to access a bios setting, say to have it boot a cd drive first.

In your favorite editor, open your vmx file, and add the following line if it is not already there:

bios.bootDelay = “5000”

Thats it. Please note you may have to close the VM, and perhaps, if you are using one of the ‘server’ or ‘player’ products, close the application as well. But afterwards, your VM will pause at the boot splash screen for 5 seconds.