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How to install VXDIAG Ford & Mazda IDS V96 on VMware

The new V96 Ford and Mazda IDS software is verified working on VXDIAG VCX NANO IDS interface (invalid on Ford VCM2 VCMII IDS system). If install V96 IDS on VMware, it will be no frozen software issue. Here is the instruction on set up virtual machine. 


Computer requirement:

1.At least 4GB memory 

2.VMware at least 1GB


Take a deep breath, the installation will take 30 minutes or so. First you setup VMware and then install the IDS software. Here is the detail instruction on first part. 


1)Install VMware 

Open My Computer 

Open Ford IDS software 

Copy “en-windows-xp.iso” to Local Disk D:/

Open “VMware-workstation-full-10.0.3” and install VMware

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Click “Next”

Accept license agreement 

Select “Typical”

Click “Next”

Open VMware-workstation-KEY Notepad and copy the License key 

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Click Finish 


2)Configure VMware 

Create a new folder “Ford VCM II” on D://

Open VMware on desktop 

Click “File” tab>> “New Virtual Machine” >> click “Next”

Browse Installer disc image file (iso) to “en-windows-xp.iso” on D://

Open VMware key notepad and copy en-windows-xp.iso key to “Window product key” column,

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Click “Next”

Change Virtual machine name to “Ford IDS”

Browse Location to D:/Ford VCM II

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Set the Maximum disk size to 120.0 GB, press “Next”

Click “Customize Hardware”, change Memory for this virtual machine to 1024MB

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Right click My Computer>>Properties to check your computer still has 4GM memory

Close the windows 

Click “Finish”


3)Setup Windows XP Professional 

Click Ford IDS on VMware 

Wait while setup initializes your Windows XP configuration 

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Installing Devices 

Enter Windows XP Professional name: ABCD and press “Next”

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Installing Network

Wait until the installation is complete 


4) Configure Win XP on VMware

Wait the Setup Wizard installs VMware Tools

NOTE: Disable any anti-virus software on your computer

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Windows XP will shut down and reboot 

Set the VMware time to exactly the same as your current computer time 

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Turn off the Windows XP on VMware 

Close Ford IDS

Remove “Ford IDS” from eth library 

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Close VMware workstation and Ford IDS (E:) on toolbar 

Open My Computer and open Ford IDS (E:)

Open VMware key notepad and copy this options to D:/Ford IDS folder

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Click Folder Options>>View>> uncheck Hide extensions for known file types>>press OK

Select “Ford IDS.vmx” file and open with Notepad

Paste all hidden files to the end of the notepad

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Click Yes

Close all windows on toolbar 


5) Run virtual machine

Open VMware on desktop 

Click File tab>>Open D:﹨Ford VCM II﹨Ford IDS.vmx 

Click “Create a New Virtual Machine”

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Click “Power on this virtual machine”

Start to install Ford & Mazda IDS V96 software on Vmware follow the video prompt

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