Rookie Question: Installing an OS within VPC 2007

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by EW, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. EW

    EW Guest

    I recently installed VPC 2007 onto my Windows XP Pro system. I wish to
    install an XP Home OS onto the VPC..... AND during the installation, it
    wants to "FORMAT" my (virtual?) hard drive set up during the VPC
    installation!!! Yikes. Will this "format" in any way touch my host hard
    drive? If so, wouldn't that totally ruin my C: drive? What I don't want is
    to mess up a perfectly good system by playing with Virtual PC 2007.

    Bottom line: can ANYTHING I do within VPC mess with my current host's
    installation?
    Thanks.

    EW
     
    EW, Nov 15, 2007
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  2. EW

    Steve Jain Guest

    As long as you are inside the VPC window, this format won't format the
    host OS's hard drive.
    Yes, it will affect your host's drive. Once you create the VHD for
    the VM, it will expand on the host's drive as data is added to it.
    Other than using up drive space though, no other negative actions will
    happen.
    Yes, infect your VM with a virus, if it's connected to other
    unprotected PCs via the network, it will infect them. Or if you access
    files, infect them in a VM, then access them via the host computer
    thats unprotected, it will be infected as well.

    Other than scenarios like that, what you do inside of the VM doesn't
    affect the host, unless doing it on a real PC would affect another
    real PC.
     
    Steve Jain, Nov 15, 2007
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  3. EW

    EW Guest

    Thanks SJ for excellent info. By the way, I was trying to install Windows
    98 onto another created VPC and it began to FORMAT (as it said) my C: drive.
    I panicked, but couldn't stop it. It continued on with the Win98
    installation and got to the point where it told me it would install Windows
    98 onto my C: drive. After the first panic attack, I stopped the
    installation until I heard further from you guys. Note: I shut down the
    VPC, restarted my host system, performed a scandisk type check, and all was
    well. So........... during the Win98 installation, can I REALLY tell it to
    go ahead and install it on C: ???

    Thanks again!

    EW
     
    EW, Nov 16, 2007
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    Steve Jain Guest

    Yes, because it's not the same C: drive.
     
    Steve Jain, Nov 16, 2007
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  5. EW

    EW Guest

    Thanks Mark (and Steve) for setting me straight. Now I can proceed without
    freaking. I looked for detailed answers on actually using a VPC but found
    only basic info on the Net -- maybe I didn't look long enough.

    Best regards,
    EW
     
    EW, Nov 16, 2007
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  6. EW

    Steve Jain Guest

    there are detailed instructions for installing Win98 at my website
     
    Steve Jain, Nov 16, 2007
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  7. EW

    EW Guest

    Yep, a very good site. I'm going to try your Win98 Ready VM after I'm
    through with this ME mess. Thanks.

    EW
     
    EW, Nov 19, 2007
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    Steve Jain Guest

    To install ME, you'd use the same steps as Win98...you could even use
    the pre-made VM for Win98 for ME if you wanted.
     
    Steve Jain, Nov 19, 2007
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  9. EW

    EW Guest


    Steve,

    FYI, I was able to install my "un-bootable" Windows ME CDROM onto a VPS
    using your site, files, and instructions. All works great! Thrills!
    Really appreciate your patience with us rookies.

    EW
     
    EW, Nov 21, 2007
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