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I am new to this software so I am feeling my way along.
I have it installed and was able to configure a virtual DVD to get to an .iso to install XP pro as my virtual machine.
Now I want to install XP sp2 which is not an .iso and so far setting that up eludes me.
I added the path to the search terms but that may only be for the server because inside the vm I don't see it.
Host machine is AMD FX-60, 2gb ram, medium hard drive, 2 DVD-rw, Vista Ultimate 64-bit.
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Hi, thanks for your response.
I viewed the solution you suggested but where it says this  
'...Once VM Additions are installed then you can select Settings, Shared Folders and Elect to share a folder on the real machine by assigning it a drive letter on the virtual machine ...'

I do not find any mention of shared folders in Settings (I am assuming this means 'start/settings/control panel ...'
The only thing I get with the VM additions is a seriously degraded desktop (4 colors etc). When I install them it does look as though the install goes well but the result so far is bad or how to run it eludes me.
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I don't have a machine in front of me with Virtual PC, but the settings should be within VM additions.
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Ok, where are VM additions on a virtual machine with XP pro installed?
I do not find a shortcut to any function in programs, control panel, desktop or anywhere else.
I do find a folder in program files with 16 items; several exe's with cryptic names, cat files, inf files etc but no handy 'readme.txt' ...
I did try running a couple of the programs but careful examination of the name makes them appear to be services rather than upfront programs per se ... I don't knowwhat they do as I can see no obvious effect.
The 4bit color on the screen makes reading a little more of a challenge too.
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Actually I think I am missing something big because I cannot get the network to connect either, even after reading the paper referenced in your previous suggestion.
Video is bad, network doesn't work, can't access host files ... there is a big piece missing I think.
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Valicon,
I redid the install after attaching the iso file with the same result, no icon, bad video, no shared folder
I went to the second link and there is a huge amount of data there but what I a looking for does not jump out at me. All of the things I read are interesting but it looks to me like I did the right thing with the install (evidence to the contray).
On the lighter side; when I uninstall the VM additions the screen video goes back to normal.
I didn't specifically mention above but I cannot get the physical DVD player to play either. I can set the iso files and they work perfectly.
I realize I could make all of the DVD's I want to use into iso files but I don't think it should be that way.
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What version of Virtual PC do you have?
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Well, that's the thing. I am using the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 sp1 and included with that is an ability to make a virtual machine and install an OS on it. That is what I have done.
When I saw the 'virtual pc ..' references in an earlier link you posted I wondered if a: i need the server version, or b: I need something else such as the Virtual PC software.
Maybe this is what the problem is?

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It is now 8.5 hours later and I have uninstalled Virtual Server 2005 R2 and installed Virtual PC 2007.
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Well, maybe I am tired because I did not mean to send that yet.

Virtual PC does all of the things you mentioned. I have allocated a folder on the host, the video is good, I am installing XP sp2 as I type. It is a little stubborn about which optical drive it will use but I will fiddle with that.

The only thing is the network but I will read over the links you have given me already, again to see if the solution is there.

I do already have 'obtain ip address automatically' but the message I get is that my DHCP server cannot be contacted.

Thanks for the help Valicon. Points are yours.
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The trick on the network is to stop the virtual machine and then right-click the systray icon and put the pointer over the machine you want to affect and then choose settings.

2/3 of the way down the list click on the network and then in the right pane click the drop-down and choose nat. Do not use the installed ehternet card. Start the machine and boom done.
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