GOAL IS TO INSTALL XP PRO INTO VIRTUAL PC 2007 ON A VISTA BUSINESS WORKING PC.
(1) One VMware expert from Microsoft (in his blog) says: Just put the CD in and just-installed Virtual PC boots from it so you can install XP into the Virtual Machine. NO Worries.
Link is http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2006/10/11/virtual-pc-2007-beta-free-and-available-now.aspx
. Scroll down to Item 2.
BUTTT the other ZDnet expert at http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=368
(Scroll down about 1/3 down) says, NO !!!,
"Another problem I encountered had to do with getting my first virtual machine to see the bootable media that I had loaded into the host systems CD drive. For some reason, the VM insisted on endlessly probing the local area network for a boot image instead. It wasn't until I changed a CD/DVD-drive setting and turned off the network interface (so there was no network to search) that the VM finally booted from the CD."
The problem is I have no idea what his solution means. WHERE ARE THE CHANGES MADE ?? In the BIOS OR the Virtual PC settings. Does "turn off the network interface? mean go to Control Panel> Network Connections and disable every network connection? WHAT **EXACTLY** DO THOSE INSTRUCTIONS MEAN ??? Does "changed a CD/DVD-drive setting " mean go to the bios and if the PC has a two optical drives, make the drive with the CD the first device to boot from ? DO YOU SEE THOSE INSTRUCTIONS COULD MEAN MANY MANY THINGS.
QUESTION TO EE VMWARE EXPERT: Please provide step-by-step instructions as to how to do what is described above so I can boot from the XP install CD WITHIN just-installed VIRTUAL PC 2007. OR DO YOU THINK LIKE THE MS BLOGGER THAT IT JUST WORKS WITH NO CHANGES NEEDED??
(2) Also the ZDnet expert says (beneath his step by step screen shots of the install) that the XP install (after boot from CD) goes exactly like on a regular PC. THE HECK IT DOES !!! About a quarter of the way into the XP install after the long copy with progress bar, THE INSTALL PROCEDURE REBOOTS THE PC AND THEN THE INSTALL CONINUES WITH NO USER INTERACTION (except when it says "press any key to boot from CD' the user does NOT press a key")
UNFORTUNATELY A REBOOT IN THIS CASE TAKES US TO, YOU GOT IT, VISTA, NOT THE VIRTUAL PC. SO, NO, THE INSTALL IS NOT GOING TO CONTINUE.
QUESTION 2: Which of the following choices solves this problem:
- The reboot takes you back into Virtual PC and the install coninues
- The reboot takes you to Vista and you restart the Virtual PC and the install continues
- It is not really a reboot in this case. It exits the Virtual PC and the user must then restart the Virtual PC (simulating a reboot) and the install continues.
- Other than the above.
Please reply with which of the 4 choices is correct and if the last one, what is the procedure.