For last 4 days I had been fighting with my Win 8 pro preview which was installed in VMware 5.0.2 I had had issues like you couldn't believe. Finally I fish out my 7 years old Dell laptop which runs Vista 32-bit with only 2 GB Ram. I did a clean install of win 8 pro preview. The difference is day and night. Win 8 installed in Dell laptop runs like lightning. Especially the boot time which takes less than 2 seconds. The one installed in VMware runs like.......YIKE !!! Any slower it would be on reverse. Now I have to deduce the culprit is my VMware, and from what I understand, it is the most recent version. No more VMware.