Hyper-V VM installation error: cannot change state?

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I followed Anil Desai's step-by-step guide for Hyper-V VM installation (http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/loginMembersOnly/1,289498,sid94_gci1294582,00.html), but I get this error which says "cannot change state" after I start the VM. What is wrong?

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The most likely cause of this problem (and I’m guessing based on the infrmation you provided), is that you have upgraded from an earlier beta of Hyper-V to a newer version, like the latest Release Candidate. Microsoft has made breaking changes to Hyper-V throughout the pre-release process, and it sounds like you might have had a VM that was in a saved state prior to the update. If that’s the case, you’ll likely need to recreate the VM (create a new VM and attach its VHD(s) to the new VM). This is a pain, but it’s the cost of working with betas. For more information on update “gotchas”, see this Microsoft Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/950049. The beta process will soon be over, so hopefully we won’t have to worry about these types of issues in the future.

I hope this is helpful. If not, feel free to follow-up.

– Anil

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