Installing Windows XP on a Mac using VMware Fusion

Installing Windows XP on an Intel Mac using a ISO disk image copy of the Windows installer is more than twice as fast as using the installer CD. However, I ran into a slight problem after completing the Windows install.

I used a slipstreamed Windows XP Home installer with Service Pack 2 to install Windows in VMware Fusion. After Windows booted up, I encountered an error when I tried to activate the Windows Firewall from Control Panel:

System error 1075 has occurred.
The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.

Windows XP firewall cannot start error

A web search revealed that dozens of users had experienced this error in one form or another. To resolve my problem, I followed these instructions on Microsoft’s support site (

1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
2. Click Start, and then click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
3. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK to open the command prompt.
4. At the prompt, press the Enter key after typing the following command:

sc qc bits

This command shows all the dependencies of this service.

5. If dependency shows the LanmanWorkstation service, press the Enter key after typing the following command:

sc config bits depend= RpcSs

After entering these commands, I was able to activate the Windows Firewall in a normal manner.




Filed under Third Party Software, Troubleshooting

3 responses to “Installing Windows XP on a Mac using VMware Fusion

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  2. dietre

    My windows XP cannot connect to internet. Have macbook pro with fusion. All other website connect.
    How can I reinstall windows again.

    • What version of Fusion are you running? In addition, how do you access the Internet from the Mac side of your computer? Do you go online wirelessly or via Ethernet cable? If the Mac side is working normally but you can’t get on to the Internet from Windows, then I would look into how you’ve configured your WIndows virtual machine. If you are able to start Windows from Fusion, I wouldn’t think you would have to reinstall the OS. The first place I would look at are your Fusion settings. If you’ll running Fusion 2 as I am, you can access the Network settings for your Windows virtual machine by choosing Virtual Machines > Settings from the menu bar. Make sure the Connected box is checked and that either Bridged or Share (NAT) mode is selected in the dialog window labeled, “This network adapter is configured to.”

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