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Windows 7: VWware Workstation 7 - Setting different date in guest os?


23 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 
VWware Workstation 7 - Setting different date in guest os?

Hi Everyone,

I have an interesting dilemma, at the moment I am trying to deliberately set a different date in my guest os to that of my host os.

My host is Windows 7 (x64), my guest is XP (SP3), and my virtualization software is VMware Workstation (7).

In an attempt to set this up I have done the following -

1). Added a line to the VMX file



2). Booted into and modified the BIOS settings of the guest XP os (setting the date back in time to the 08/08/2008) -



3). Disabled the guest XP os internet time synchronization settings -



When I first boot into the XP guest I see the following date -



However after about 2 - 5 seconds the date is restored to that on the Host -



If anybody knows how to set a different guest os date / time can you please share your method with me?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo

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23 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Hi,
You could try and use VM Ware Tweaker VM Tweaker | Free Development software downloads at SourceForge.net. That will do the job and many more tweaks you will find useful.
Tony.
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28 Oct 2012   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr Davo View Post
Hi Everyone,

I have an interesting dilemma, at the moment I am trying to deliberately set a different date in my guest os to that of my host os.

My host is Windows 7 (x64), my guest is XP (SP3), and my virtualization software is VMware Workstation (7).

In an attempt to set this up I have done the following -

1). Added a line to the VMX file



2). Booted into and modified the BIOS settings of the guest XP os (setting the date back in time to the 08/08/2008) -



3). Disabled the guest XP os internet time synchronization settings -



When I first boot into the XP guest I see the following date -



However after about 2 - 5 seconds the date is restored to that on the Host -



If anybody knows how to set a different guest os date / time can you please share your method with me?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
Hi there
some applications automatically set the WINDOWS date -- the Bios date should be the same you set it in the Virtual Bios.

Check that you aren't doing any applications that set / re-set the date. Note also if you run things like Windows updates from within the VM the date *might* get set as well.

Check also the virtual machines configuration file (vmx) there might be a setting their as well.

In theory the date shouldn't change but who knows what some of this application software does these days -- especially the stupid trial and bloat ware stuff that only allows you x nr of days to run their wretched stuff on.

I think also within windows itself there is a facility to get the date from the internet rather than the bios. I'm almost positive that this exists somewhere.

I'm having a similar problem -- my VM clock in my windows 2003 server VM is always ahead of my local time -- and I can't seem to do anything about it either -- it's only +1hr so I'm not too bothered - just irritating.

Cheers
jimbo
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