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Thread: Adding a VirtualBox XP SP3 to a Boot Menu?

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    Adding a VirtualBox XP SP3 to a Boot Menu?

    A week ago, I had a Vista and then i used Wubi to add Ubuntu to create a Dual-Boot.

    I recently saw the application:
    VirtualBox OSE

    I created a 10GB partition, and im installing WindowsXP SP3, but is there a way to add that option to the Grub boot up menu? Or can I only access it via Ubuntu?

    Thanks,
    Cameron.

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    Re: Adding a VirtualBox XP SP3 to a Boot Menu?

    You can't boot directly into a VM without having another minimal linux install with scripts loading the VM.

    The partition Vbox made for your Windows install isn't a real partition, rather it is a file that Vbox treats like a partition.

    To install Windows and have it bootable from GRUB, you'll want to create another real partition, do a conventional install of Windows to it, repair GRUB, and alter menu.lst to reflect the added OS.
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    Re: Adding a VirtualBox XP SP3 to a Boot Menu?

    Yea well.. partitions always screw up for me =S

    But ill try

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    Re: Adding a VirtualBox XP SP3 to a Boot Menu?

    I think they make a VirtualBox for Vista that you can run XP under go here to find out more about VirtualBox.
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