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vCenter Server fails to install or upgrade with the error: This installation package is not supported by this processor type (1019144)

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  • Installing vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.x fails on a Windows 32 bit operating system
  • Upgrading from vCenter Server 4.0 to vCenter Server 4.1 fails
  • This issue occurs if you are performing the installation or upgrade on a Windows 32 bit operating system
  • You see the error: 

    This installation package is not supported by this processor type. Contact your product vendor.
  • The vCenter Server %tmp%\vminst.log contains entries similar to:

    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:395]: Original package ==> W:\vpx\VMware vCenter Server.msi
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:395]: Package we're running from ==> C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\21cac1.msi
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:410]: APPCOMPAT: looking for appcompat database entry with ProductCode '{95058F90-23E0-4B60-BB27-084DF5809F79}'.
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:410]: APPCOMPAT: no matching ProductCode found in database.
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:410]: MSCOREE not loaded loading copy from system32
    This installation package is not supported by this processor type. Contact your product vendor.
    W:\vpx\VMware vCenter Server.msi
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:410]: Note: 1: 1708
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:410]: Note: 1: 2729
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:551]: Note: 1: 2729
    MSI (c) (EC:88) [17:13:47:551]: Product: VMware vCenter Server -- Installation failed.


vCenter Server 4.1 and 5.x are supported only on 64bit operating systems. You cannot install or upgrade vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.x on 32bit operating systems.
To resolve this issue, ensure to install vCenter Server 4.1 or 5.x on a supported 64bit operating system.
For a list of supported 64bit operating systems in vCenter Server 4.1, see Operating System Compatibility in the vSphere Compatibility Martix
For vCenter Server 5.x, see: 

See Also

Update History

11/14/2011 - Added link to the vSphere compatibility Matrix and vCenter Server 5.0 Best Practices. Added vCenter Server 5.0 to Products.

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