Thursday, June 9, 2011

Stop 0x0000005D on VMware when using WinPE or WAIK

Problem: WinPE images crash with a stop 0x0000005D blue screen error on some VMware virtual machines.
Solution: 64-bit WinPE images cannot execute on VMs defined with a 32-bit operating system within VMware.  To temporarily work around the issue, change the Guest Operating System to a 64-bit version.  Remember to change it back when finished using WinPE on the guest.


  1. Thanks for that - I accidentally select 32-bit instead of 64-bit when creating a new VM, and was getting this stop. Re-creating as 64bit fixed it!

  2. Thank you so much...i was bugging my head before seeing this..

  3. wow...great catch.. been driving me nuts

  4. Ah... Thanks!
    In my case was working with a converted VMBox machine. VMWare was seeing as Win2003 when it was Win2008-64.