Host Operating System on VPC

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by jslow, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. jslow

    jslow Guest


    I have a very basic question but I couldn't find an answer to it in Help.

    Do you have to install a Host Operating System in the Virtual PC?

    jslow, Nov 27, 2006
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  2. jslow

    Ivan Guest

    Host Operating System is the real system at a real machine, system installed at Virtual PC are called Guest.
    Ivan, Nov 27, 2006
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  3. "Host" is the operating system running on the real computer. You install
    VPC (the program) on the host. Obviously you need an OS like XP Pro SP2
    running on your computer as the host.

    The operating system you install into a virtual computer is called a

    VPC (the program) cannot run any programs by itself. You need to install a
    guest operating system into a virtual machine that you create with VPC
    before you can run any programs. (Or run a "live" OS like Linux live cd's.)

    Think of virtual machines just like you would physical computers.

    You can have many virtual machines on your computer.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 27, 2006
  4. jslow

    jslow Guest

    Hi Colin & Ivan,
    Thanks for the replies.

    I do have my computer set up as you describe.
    I have XP Pro, SP2 on my C: Drive and I installed VPC 2004 on partion N on
    the hard drive. I also have a partition M on this same hard drive.

    I then installed Windows Vista RC1 on the VPC but everytime I try to connect
    to the internet with Win Vista, it will not connect and then everything
    freezes up. I can not even shut Vista down. I've been shutting it down by
    using Ctrl+Alt+Del.

    In Settings, Networking,with 1 network adapter, I have it set to Adapter 1
    "Shared Networking (NAT)".

    That's why I came back to ask that basic question on this post. Maybe I need
    to re-post with a new subject to ask the above questions?

    Thanks again.
    jslow, Nov 27, 2006
  5. jslow

    jslow Guest

    A clarification on my last reply post.

    When I said everything freezes up, I should have said the mouse pointer in
    the VPC freezes and you can no longer move it.
    jslow, Nov 28, 2006
  6. jslow

    Steve Jain Guest

    512MB is not enough RAM to run both XP and Vista in a VM, Vista
    requires a minimum of 512MB to run properly. My guess is that lack of
    RAM is your main problem.
    Steve Jain, Nov 28, 2006
  7. jslow

    jslow Guest

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I actually have 1 GB RAM but I haven't found out how to modify my signature
    on these posts.

    I currently have Vista set up for 256 MB RAM. I'm going to increase that to
    512 MB RAM and see if that solves my problem.

    jslow, Nov 28, 2006
  8. 256MB is well below minimum for Vista. Go to around 640MB if you are not
    running anything else on the host.

    It was not necessary to install VPC on any other drive than the C: drive.
    You can select what drive is used for the .vhd file at the time you create
    the vm. The .vhd files can be stored on different drives for different
    vm's. Performance improves if the .vhd files are on different spindles than
    the C: drive as long as they are located on a different controller from C:.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 28, 2006
  9. jslow

    jslow Guest

    I increased the RAM to 640 MB.

    When I tried connecting to Internet Explorer, It noted connecting, then a
    Dial Up Connection Dialog Box popped up and the mouse arrow and small circle
    next to it froze and I could not do anything else.
    I used Ctrl+Alt+Del to shut Vista down and noted that Windows Vista
    RC1-Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and Virtual PC Console both showed "not

    I started Vista again and tried going to Control Panel to try to find why
    I'm getting a Dial Up Connection Dialog Box when I'm using DSL but it again
    froze while the Control Panel was on the screen.

    Any suggestions.
    jslow, Nov 28, 2006
  10. In Internet options/connections choose LAN for the connection and don't set
    up anything in dialup.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 28, 2006
  11. jslow

    jslow Guest

    Hi Colin,
    I went to Internet Options, Connections and then my mouse pointer froze
    before I could go any further.

    jslow, Nov 28, 2006
  12. Figures!

    What kind of a mouse are you using on the host? If you have an old PS/2
    mouse lying around try it on the system and see if there is any change.
    Let's eliminate the hardware issues first. The hotfixes I know about only
    apply to laptops so that's out.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 28, 2006
  13. jslow

    jslow Guest

    Hi Colin,

    I have a Dell 2 button with scroll wheel optical mouse. I do not have a PS/2
    mouse anymore.

    It appears that my mouse pointer freeze ups started when I switched in
    Settings, Networking to "Shared Networking (NAT)".
    I changed this back to "Intel (R) Pro/100 VE Network Connection" and this
    stopped the mouse pointer freeze ups.
    But I still cannot connect to the internet. I am using my Verizon User Name
    and Password for DSL service along with Broadband Connection but I keep
    getting an unsuccessful connection.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    PS: I'll be away from my computer for 3 days but I'll check back on this
    newsgroup when I'm back.
    jslow, Nov 29, 2006
  14. It may be an optical mouse (most are these days) but is it usb, wireless,
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 29, 2006
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