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In VMware Workstation 5.0, you cannot access the contents of a virtual CD-ROM drive in a Windows Vista virtual machine. Additionally, you cannot use the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) ISO file to start the virtual machine.
This problem occurs because version 5.0 of the VMware Workstation is incompatible Windows Vista.
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To resolve this problem, use a physical CD-ROM drive. Or, use a later version of VMware Workstation. For more information, visit the following Web site: