Solution to SAS 9.2 Installer Crashing on Windows 7 on VMWare Fusion

When installing SAS on Windows 7, typically you'd right-click on setup.exe and choose Run as Administrator, watch the SAS Deployment Wizard come up and the blue progress bar start moving. But! Then Windows 7 suddenly says "Console Window Host has stopped working." and offers to close the program. The Deployment Wizard may run for a while longer and silently disappear.

The entry in the Windows Application Log is not much help; it just says "Event 1000, Application Error: Faulting application name: conhost.exe".

The reason this is happening is that the SAS installer is trying to write to a temp file. Because you have VMWare Fusion set up to share folders between the Mac and the PC, when the installer tries to write a log file VMWare Fusion denies it, and the installer freaks out and dies.

The solution is:

  1. Shut down your virtual machine.

  2. Turn off "Share folders on your Mac" in the virtual machine settings.
  3. Start your virtual machine back up.
  4. Run the installer with no problems.
  5. Turn sharing back on again once SAS is installed.




I'm trying toinstall SAS 9.2 on a Mac running 10.6.8 with VMWare Fusion 3.1.3 and have disabled Shared folders and it still will not install. Conhost.exe errors. Any ideas?