VMware Workstation Pro is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems; it enables users to set up virtual machines on a single physical machine and use them simultaneously along with the host machine. UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. It works in a similar fashion as a BIOS, but with one basic difference. It stores all data about initialization and startup in a .efi file, instead of storing it on the firmware. This .efi file is stored on a special partition called EFI System Partition (ESP) on the hard disk. This ESP partition also contains the bootloader. UEFI was designed to overcome the limitations of BIOS. In this guide, you will learn how to fix EFI network timeout on VMware Workstation.
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The root cause of “EFI network timeout on the VMware Workstation”
The reason for this error was that the VM was set to boot from the UEFI. See the image below for the error message that was prompted.
Another error I encountered on this VM was “Windows cannot find the Microsoft software license terms“. very unusual.
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The solution to fixing EFI network timeout on VMware Workstation
We will have to edit the Virtual machine in order to get to the advanced setting as shown below.
This will open the Virtual Machine settings. Click on the options menu as shown below
Navigate the Advanced settings and select BIOS under Firmware type and click on OK.
Click on start to begin the VM installation. This should work effortlessly from now. Please proceed with the steps below to complete your VM installation. Select the Language to install, keyboard, etc and click on Next.
Click on Install as shown below to begin the Windows installation. Please see The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relation [Part 1].
Select the desired OS you wish to install. I will be selecting the Windows Server 2019 Datacenter (Desktop Experience).
Accept the license terms and click on Next to proceed
I have nothing o do on the following page, therefore, I will click on Next. It’s a test VM 🙂
As you can see, Windows has started installing unto the VM
As you can see the process has been completed and is a bit faster than installing Windows on a VirtualBox. See how to install Windows Server 2019. Next, click on “Finish” to complete the steps. How to set up a VM via PXE boot on a Generation 1 VM, and how to set up a Hyper-V Virtual Machine through PXE boot.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. Now, you have learned how to fix EFI network timeout on VMware Workstation. Please let me know in the comment session if you have any questions.