Install Windows XP in virtual machine

jskfan
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I have windows 7 home edition, I installed vmware server 2.0.2 on it
I created a virtual machine for windows xp Pro 32 bits.
but when it boots from the CD it gives the message shown in the screenshot.
I also have downloaded :xpsp3_5512.080413-2113_usa_x86fre_spcd
and it did the same thing.
Any help on how to install WXP Pro 32 bits on Vmware?

Thanks


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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
You have to set your CD drive to the ISO image.
Adam MenkesC# ASP.NET Developer
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See attached
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"jskfan"...VMware Server is a free VMware virtualization platform than runs solely on Server OS's (see pg. 25 of the Server User's Guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf). Now, that isn't to say you can't install it on a desktop OS, but you will notice many anomalies. I recommend using 1 of 2 other products...VMware Workstation (needs to be purchased) or VMware Player (https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=player).

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~coolsport00
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Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader

Commented:
Hello,

I would go with VirtualBox for virtualization here (freebie).

http://virtualbox.org
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Check the VM BIOS, try changing the VM BIOS to boot from CD
Press F2 during VM startup

-vExpert 2010
Top Expert 2010

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Well congrats Ryder! :)

I still recommend that you don't use Server on anything other than a Server OS, as stated in the User's Guide...causes problems.

~coolsport00
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Thanks cool :)
Btw, just to add if it is not supported, doesn't mean it will not work...just vmware doesnt bother to test it on desktop OSes

-vExpert 2010
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Oh, I agree; but there have been several posts just within the past month or so on VMware Server where the installs have been on XP OS's (unsupported OSs), and had the dickens of the time trying to get things working....VMNet's not showing and the like. Once they installed it on a server OS, everything was seamless. Just FYI...

~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

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Another thing to look at - make sure the cd drive is set to connect at power on
In reference to the statement above:
It looks like your VM is not booting from the CD.

You normally need to press a key after it starts booting from the CD for it to continue booting from the XP install cd.

If you are not getting it to boot from the CD, click on the CD icon in the bottom right hand corner of the imaged (posted image) window and make sure it is using the correct source for the CD (i.e. either an ISO as stated above or the CD drive; you can also do this in the VM's settings.)

Once you have the source correct, click on the window so that you have keyboard control, and press a key when you see the "boot from cd...."  (if you do not see the quoted statement, press "CTRL, ALT, INS" keys altogether to reboot and once it posts, press the "ESC" key (to bring up the boot menu) and select the CD and follow the above procedure.


This site has an image available... (I haven't tried it):
http://www.technibble.com/how-to-create-a-windows-xp-virtual-machine/

(I have my own VM of my previous XP PC...)
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If you are using CD to install the OS, then in the VM settings, set your CDROM drive and if select the 'Use physical drive' option if available (am referring to vmware workstation 6, but all vm must have the settings almost similiar)
Also check if the drive has 'Connect at power on' option in the settings.

Else if an iso image is being used then select the 'Use ISO image' option, and from there select the iso file from your pc.

If all is ok you will be asked to press a key to boot from cd when the vm is running... click in the vm first then press the key

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it's still giving  the same error.
do you have a good link for WXP iso image?
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Ok...1st, let me re-iterate my initial statement that VMware Server tends to be 'buggy' on unsupported OS's. That being said, to directly assist with the error above....is this a XP DVD or iso that you have? If possible, test its integrity by installing directly on hardware (desktop/laptop). If it works, then the DVD/iso is more than likely good and the problem can be assumed to be with your VMware Server platform. In that case, I can offer two remaining suggestions:
1. Re-install VMware Server on your current OS
2. Install VMware Server on a *supported* SERVER OS and try to create your XP VM.

~coolsport00
Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader

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Virtualbox, free, easy, supported...
Top Expert 2010

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Ok...sorry...3 suggestions :) ha  Thx "firebar" :)

~coolsport00
Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader

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:)
Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader

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Virtualbox isn't the only player in this game. Microsoft's Virtual PC is great for Windows-only, 32-bit guests. If you have the bank, get VMWare Workstation. It rocks!

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u can check this link but it concerns virtual pc:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en

else this link if you want to use vmware:
http://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/new_guest_example_ws.html

Unfortunately could not find one with an image of xp already available, so hopefully these links can help else ask someone else near you to create a barebone xp image if that person has vmware and just deploy it on your pc afterwards

BTW Windows 7 has something called XP Mode, try have a look at that as well :
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/reviews/2010/01/windows-xp-mode.ars
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader
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XP Mode only works on Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions, running on a computer with a CPU that has hardware virtualization capabilities.

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THANKS

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