Installation Questions from a novice

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Kafka, May 4, 2007.

  1. Kafka

    Kafka Guest

    I've only just discovered Virtual PC and thought all my Christmasses had
    come at once. I have a new PC with Vista Business and would like to be able
    to use some of my Vista-incompatible software such as Nero 6. I have
    downloaded and installed Virtual PC and created a virtual disk, however I
    don't seem to get the opportunity to install XP from my XP OEM disk. The
    message I get is "Reboot or select proper Boot Device or insert Boot Media in
    selected Boot Device". I have followed the instructions but am stuck.

    Also, if I ever get it working, how do I install my old software so that it
    runs via XP in the Virtual Machine?
    Kafka, May 4, 2007
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    Bill Grant Guest

    XP OEM installations are usually bound to the machine they are first
    installed on. You cannot use the CD to install XP on a different machine
    (including a virtual one)!

    I doubt that you will have much success with Nero 6 in a virtual
    machine. The emulated CD/DVD drive in a vm is not write enabled.
    Bill Grant, May 4, 2007
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  3. Kafka

    Kafka Guest

    Kafka again,

    I'm embarrassed to have to admit that when I pressed Enter after receiving
    the message below the setup process for XP began. I hate to have to reveal my
    ignorance again, but if I run the XP setup process from within the Virtual
    Machine will XP be installed on my virtual disk? I stopped it because I was
    afraid that it might be installing on my C: drive and would interfere with

    Part 2 of my question remains: how do I install Nero 6 etc.? Do I install it
    Kafka, May 4, 2007
  4. What happens inside the virtual machine window stays there. It does not
    affect the host.

    Nero will not do you any good if installed in the guest. The guest cannot
    write a cd or dvd. The emulated optical drive is read only.
    Colin Barnhorst, May 4, 2007
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