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In Virtual PC 2007 can we boot the vm from USB. IS that supported.

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In Virtual PC 2007 can we boot the vm from USB. IS that supported.
Can anyone tell me how we can do this...

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I've seen many presenters, including many from MS do this.  Should not be a problem.  Just point to the USB drive for the VM hard drives.
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leew thanks
But when i see the bios i cannot se the pen drive or any usb boot priority selection
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leew thanks
But when i see the bios i cannot se the pen drive or any usb boot priority selection
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Wait, do you mean store the VHD hard drives on a USB disk and access them through the Virtual Machine that way...


Or do you mean, physically attach a USB flash drive or CD ROM to the system and tell the virtual computer to use it to boot?

I can tell you this - Virtual PC does not directly support USB devices.  A USB CD-ROM would have to be seen as a CD-ROM by the host Operating System and then you can "capture" that in the virtual machine.
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>>Or do you mean, physically attach a USB flash drive or CD ROM to the system and tell the virtual computer to use it to boot?

I am talking about USB pen drives.
Yes th pen drive is visible to me on my windows explorer and is even booting from  but is it possible from a VM PC.?
I cannot see any boot option for the VM to boot from USB.
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>>Or do you mean, physically attach a USB flash drive or CD ROM to the system and tell the virtual computer to use it to boot?

I am talking about USB pen drives.
Yes th pen drive is visible to me on my windows explorer and is even booting from  but is it possible from a VM PC.?
I cannot see any boot option for the VM to boot from USB.
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No, Virtual PC is not going to be able to do that.  VMWare can, but Virtual PC has no direct support for USB drives as I said before.
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Can VMWare be install fom within an windows OS?
If es can you give me some link to download please....
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Can VMWare be install fom within an windows OS?
If es can you give me some link to download please....
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Download VMWare Server from www.vmware.com - you'll need to register/request serial numbers, but it's free and works similar to Virtual PC (better in some respects because it will run as a service).
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