WinXP Pro SP2 guest fails to install on WinXP Pro SP2 host

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Ulrich Stärk, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. Hi there,

    I used Virtual PC 2004 for some time now mainly to simulate Win NT 4 and Win
    2k3 Server systems for developing purposes. 2 days ago I wanted to set up a
    new VM running Win XP Pro with SP2. I got a bootable ISO image with SP2
    included from MSDNAA which I mounted as a CD drive in the VM. The setup
    procedure starts normally, asking which drive and which FS to use and starts
    copying the setup files. At some point (mostly around 42%) file copying
    stops and the setup routine is telling me that it can't read some file
    (sometimes wbdbase.esn, sometimes tapiP.chm, sometimes something else). At
    this point CPU usage on the host system goes up to 100% - all consumed by
    Virtual PC.exe - and when I look at the "Statistics" page it's continously
    reporting disk writes (although the green light is flashing next to the hard
    disk symbol in the status bar). At 2 GB I stopped. I had a look at the KB
    and found a hotfix for some problems with hibernation (which I'm using
    regularily) - KB article 889677 - and applyed it but to no avail. I'm stuck
    and begging for help :)
    Here the facts:

    Host Hardware: Dell Latitude D800, 1 Gb RAM, 2 GHz Pentium M, 80 GB hdd, 16
    GB free
    Host OS: Windows XP Pro with SP2
    Virtual PC: VPC 2004 5.3.582.32 (VPC2004+SP1+Hotfix 889677)
    Intended Guest OS: Windows XP Pro with SP2



    P.S.: I also tried ISO images for Win XP with SP1a, with no SP and tried to
    burn all of theses images to CD and install from those - same outcome.
    Ulrich Stärk, Nov 25, 2005
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  2. How much ram did you give the new virtual machine?
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 25, 2005
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  3. 512 MB


    Ulrich Stärk, Nov 25, 2005
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