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Unable to install Windows 8 or Windows 2012 inside VM

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2016 04:02PM UTC

Symptoms

It is impossible to install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 inside virtual machine. Either of two errors is observed:

This PC can't run Windows 8 Your PC's CPU isn't compatible with Windows 8

Error Code: 0x0000005D

Cause

NX support is not enabled in host CPU.

Resolution

Use CPU which has NX support. For more information refer to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: PAE/NX/SSE2 Support Requirement Guide for Windows 8

If the CPU has the execution prevention mechanism (NX or XD) support, then it is necessary to enable the feature in BIOS. Refer to the hardware vendor documentation for more details on how to enable "No execute" feature.

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