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    installing windows in virtual box

    Could somebody explain how to install windows XP in virtual box for me in detail. Im currently dual booting but i only do this for itunes, cuz i have an iphone and i dont want to jailbreak it... anyway i want to run windows and itunes in a virtual machine but i dont know anything about stuff like that. Also i was wondering if programs (itunes) installed in the virtual machine will stay installed when i run it again, and if i test this out and dont like it can i reallocate the hard drive space i used for the VM to ubuntu.

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    First of all i need to know which version of virtualbox you are using
    Did you install virtualbox from the repos ie.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose
    or did you download it from the virtualbox site?

    When you set up a vm all its "hard drive" is just one file on your ubuntu partition, if you don't want it anymore you just delete that file and it's all gone!

    dje
    Last edited by dje; February 21st, 2008 at 06:31 PM.

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box


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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    There is a very easy guide here to install virtualbox with USB support which is what you will need (you need to scroll down to the 'Personal Use & Evaluation License Version' section)

    dje

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    I have the closed source version downloaded from the website

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    Have you configured virtualbox for usb support? Look through the guide here to ensure that you have configured usb support (scroll down to 'Personal Use & Evaluation License Version')
    As dixonstalbert posted there is a good walkthrough of creating a new virtual machine here

    After you have created a new virtual machine insert your xp disk and click start. Then ensure you mount the host cd drive when prompted by the wizard and then it is a normal windows installation from then on

    dje
    Last edited by dje; February 21st, 2008 at 06:44 PM.

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    last question: I don't actually have a windows install cd it is an hp recovery cd, which installs windows and drivers for the pc... Will this work?

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    Well there's only one way to find out!! Give it a go, it can't hose your system. It may or may not work. Hope i was of some help.

    EDIT: I think that it will most likely work

    dje
    Last edited by dje; February 21st, 2008 at 07:32 PM.

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    im getting this error on enableing USB


    Could not load the Host USB Proxy Service (VERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND). The service might be not installed on the host computer.


    Result Code:
    0x80004005
    Component:
    Host
    Interface:
    IHost {81729c26-1aec-46f5-b7c0-cc7364738fdb}
    Callee:
    IMachine {31f7169f-14da-4c55-8cb6-a3665186e35e}

    there isnt eve a tab for USB settings like there should be

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    Re: installing windows in virtual box

    nvr mind fixed it

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