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Windows 7: Virtual Box Help

29 Jul 2009   #1

Virtual Box Help

Hi All,

Have installed Virtual Box on my windows 7 machine. All good and have attempted to install Windows 7 off my USB key drive that I used to install windows 7 with originally after doing the folllowing tutorial:

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

In Virtual Box you have to select FLOPPY as the bootable option as it doesn't have a USB option. This is fine but the screen just goes black when it tries to boot off the "floopy" or the usb key as such.

I presume because the usb key isn't bootable but I followed the instructions above to the letter and it worked for actually installing Windows 7 on my laptop!

Any help greatfully received!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2009   #2


Google MagicISO, download and install it and mount ISO to a virtual DVD-drive. You can also mount the ISO-image directly choosing "Image File".
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox.png

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2009   #3


thanks dude,doesn't quite answer my question but I will make my operating systems in iso's and just load that way
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Jul 2009   #4


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by funkyfin2000 View Post
thanks dude,doesn't quite answer my question but I will make my operating systems in iso's and just load that way
Yeah. Honestly I did not know a way to use USB installation in VirtualBox so my answer was rather a workaround than fix.

I donīt have any extra USB drives free to test this, but have you tried to start VirtualBox machine which you just created, and then from "Devices"-menu mount your USB drive? Just start it choosing for example Floppy-drive and clicking next, so you get empty screen telling "Fatal: no bootable medium found!" and then trying?
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox2.png

Donīt know, it could work?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2009   #5


It won't work. Those usb drivers are part of the guest additions added to the OS after you install the OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2009   #6


Was thinking something like that. Sorry. I have Ubuntu and XP on VirtualBox, like it more than MS Virtual PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2009   #7


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by funkyfin2000 View Post
thanks dude,doesn't quite answer my question but I will make my operating systems in iso's and just load that way
You did not ask a question. Kari's original response is valid and appropriate.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2009   #8

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
You did not ask a question. Kari's original response is valid and appropriate.
Roger that, "dude"....

Any help greatfully received!
was not gratefully received!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Aug 2009   #9


Virtual Box allows you to load the ISO directly into VBox to boot off of. This allows you to create all sorts of OSs for use.

See this mini tut I wrote.

This is the main screen after setting up a new Virtual OS. On it, click the CD/DVD-ROM on the right.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-initial-setup.png

Now you get the OS settings tab for the virtual CD/DVD-ROM - note the info in italics at the bottom.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-1.png

Check to enable Mounting the CD/DVD Drive. Again, read the info in italics at the bottom.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-2.png

If you hover over ISO Image File, the info at the bottom changes.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-3.png

Select the radio button beside ISO Image File - again, note the bottom.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-4.png

If you now hover over the folder icon to the right of the drop-down menu, you can see the info at the bottom change again. Click on the folder icon.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-5.png

Now you get a new Virtual Media Manager window - here is where you need to add the ISO.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-6.png

If you hover over the Add button, the text in the bottom of the window (status bar area) reflects the action that will be performed. Click add to add the location of your .ISO file.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-7.png

Next you'll get a standard Windows file selection dialog box. Pick the ISO on your computer that you want to use with this install.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-8.png

Now the .ISO is in the list. Click the Select button to continue.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-9.png

Now your .ISO file shows as ready to boot off of when you first run this machine.
Virtual Box Help-virtualbox-setup-10.png

That's it. By default, the Virtual Machines created in VBox will automatically have DVD selected as one of the possible boot options available for use with the VM (Virtual Machine). There are also a lot more options three, so going back to that initial Setup screen (first picture) I suggest that you use set up all the options that you need - for example, I have my quad Core system allowing the VM to use 2 cores, 1 GB of RAM for XP and older OSs and 2 GB of RAM for Vista / 7, change the NIC to an Intel Pro 1000 MT Desktop, and max my Video RAM (to 128 MB) to get the best possible picture.

Note: The video still does not support Virtualization, so I cannot use one of my 2 dedicated graphics card (a pair of GTX 260s) for the VM - else I would be in heaven....

Of course, if you do not have the original ISO anymore, it is easy enough to make it from the DVD that you burned - Using another 3rd party tool (one of my personal favorite freeware tools) called ISO Recorder v3 you'll have no issues at all - install ISO Recorder v3.1 and you'll be able to make an .ISO out of your DVD file.

If you only have the USB key and no ISO file nor DVD, then you'll probably want to get a hold of the official ISO from wherever you got it before.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Aug 2009   #10


Who wants to help me install dos? I downloaded 6.22 and 6.0 off technet, but there's no floppy image to install 6.0. =/

My last resort is to mount the vhd into another virtual machine and move teh 6.0 files to there, but that's retarded.
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