I used a clean SP2 Dell reinstallation CD (I have used this successfully a dozen or more times, twice on my old Dell and the rest in VMWare) integrated SP3, X's UDC for post-SP3 updates & hotfixes, Dell's chipset, audio, etc...drivers, IE8 w/the add-on creator linked to on X's UDC page...and very little else--Royale Noir theme, latest Flash, JRE 6 24--booted from the nLite ISO. Install runs smoothly until loop after formatting and reboot.
Any help is much appreciated.
Last INI: [attachment=32992:Last Session (2011.08.07-20.41.34).ini]
VMX file: [attachment=32995:vmx.txt]
EDIT TO ADD: Apparently onepiece's IE8 add-on is the "culprit". I just rebuilt the ISO this time WITHOUT IE8 & XP is installing on VMWare as I type this...
2nd ETA: Just to clarify, I am not "blaming" nor denigrating onepiece's IE8, quite the contrary AAMOF as I've used it successfully a half dozen times or so. Apparently something I did/didn't do/did inncorrectly "broke" my IE8 integration. (See Ponch's reply below)
This post has been edited by PinkFreud: 08 August 2011 - 05:43 AM