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running Windows 2000 from Virtual PC 2004

Posted on 2006-07-24
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Have installed M$ Virtual PC 2004 SP1 on my Win XP Pro SP2 PC. Want to run Win 2000 Professional as a guest OS. Have got as far as installing Win 2000 (not the SP4 CD yet) and on the first boot up of the W2K installation on VPC I get a BSOD STOP: C000026c unable to load Device Driver  - \System Root\System32\Drivers\isapnp.sys.
Tried booting into SAFE mode - same result.
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Check this MSKB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315311
You receive a "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Isapnp.sys" error message at startup
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RichardCoeurdeLion, any feedback?
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Thanks LeeTutor for the link. I'm not sure how to get the W2K Virtual machine to boot from the CD in order to carry out the repair. Everytime I click Start it boots from its "virtual" C: drive.
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You may need to get into your BIOS in order to set the primary boot device to be your CD drive.  How this is done varies with the pc manufacturer, computer model, BIOS version and such things.  When you first boot the computer, there is often a message at the bottom of the screen (sometimes at the top of the screen) saying something like "Press <Del> to enter system setup."  The following web page may be of help, if you cannot find out how from your pc manufacturer's web page:

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BIOS Setup - Getting into the BIOS Setup
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Ok have fixed the problem booting from the CD in the Virtual machine. However, when I input the command from your M$KB link:

expand d:\i386\isapnp.sy_ c:\winnt\system32\drivers

on the Reapir Console, W2K informed me:

The system cannot find the file or directory specified.
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Try the DIR command to see if you can find what file or directory is being talked about in that error message.  This MSKB article tells about what commands are available in the XP Recovery Console.  I would imagine they would be very similar if not exactly the same in the Win2k Recovery Console:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314058
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
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OK, I've found the problem. In this link you gave me:http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315311 - for the Windows 2000 fix, M$ forgot to mention that you have to do Point 5 that is specified in the Win XP fix. Once I'd done the rename, the expand worked fine. Thanks v much for your help.
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Thanks.  I'm glad you communicated that extra data; it may be useful for others in the future.
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