XP Pro and XP Home

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by BAD143, Sep 9, 2006.

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    BAD143 Guest

    If my host is Pro can my guest be Home?
    BAD143, Sep 9, 2006
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    cyanna Guest

    Yes. You would of course need a separate license for the guest OS
    cyanna, Sep 9, 2006
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    BAD143 Guest

    XP Home was the original OS for my computer. Received Pro and did complete
    install over original. Can I use the disks that came with the computer that
    restore to factory original on the Virutal drive and not lose my host OS XP
    Thanx for previous response.
    BAD143, Sep 9, 2006
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    cyanna Guest

    The virtual drive is just a file on your host. Whatever you do to it won't
    affect the host. It's the whole point of using a Virtual Machine.
    You would need to boot the virtual machine from the Restoration CDs in order
    to install XP Home on it. It would be intresting to see if it works, as the
    restoration CDs are not meant to do a clean install as much as restore an
    image of the original hard drive.
    Keep us posted!
    cyanna, Sep 9, 2006
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    Steve Jain Guest

    Also, the XP Home that came with your computer is an OEM version and
    you're breaking the license agreement by installing it into a VM. A
    virtual machine is not the same as the physical computer. Also, you
    might find that your OEM restore disk will not work correctly since
    the hardware on your physical computer, including the BIOS, is not the
    same as what is emulated in the VM.
    Steve Jain, Sep 9, 2006
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    John Guest

    Pardon me for asking what may be a dumb question, but I'm new to using
    VPC 2004.

    Are you saying that if you are using a virtual instance of Windows XP to
    access the internet it is *absolutely* impossible for a worm, virus,
    trojan, rootkit or other destructive bit of software to infect or damage
    the *host* instance of Windows XP?

    I understand that this is the idea behind using a virtual machine, but
    it just seems like some hacker bent on causing mayhem would have figured
    out a way to get past this barrier. Thanks!

    John, Sep 10, 2006
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    John Guest

    You may have misinterpreted my question. I understand that the virtual
    machine needs virus protection just like any other computer, and I plan
    to provide for that. But on the off-chance that something manages to
    infect the virtual machine, my question was:
    "is the host machine at risk from any sort of mal-ware that may infect
    the virtual machine?"

    Again, my understanding of the concept of a virtual machine was that it
    was isolated from the host and that anything that might go wrong with
    the VM could not in any way affect the host. Are you telling me that
    this is not correct? Thanks!

    John, Sep 10, 2006
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    Steve Jain Guest

    Of course, just like 2 computers would be. If they are connected via
    network shares, etc.
    Yes, they can be isolated. You could disable the nework on the VM
    preventing it from communicating with the host. This would isolate
    it from the host and prevent the virus, etc from infecting the host.
    Steve Jain, Sep 10, 2006
  9. A virus infecting the guest cannot infect the host unless there is some
    communication between them. Virus protection on both prevents an infection
    from spreading from one to the other. Obviously, if you drag and drop an
    infected file between the the guest and host desktops the host would be
    infected unless its own virus protection prevents it. Otherwise, the two
    computers operate in complete isolation.
    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 10, 2006
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