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Windows 7: Windows 7 virtual pc

16 Mar 2010   #1
sportflyer

Vista 32bit
 
 
Windows 7 virtual pc

Can I use Win7 Virtual PC to run Fedora 12 or should I use a third party VM machine ?


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16 Mar 2010   #2
Kari

 

I like Virtual PC and like to run my Windows based virtual machines on it. However, for Linux I rather use VirtualBox.

A Linux virtual machine is a lot easier to setup and maintain on VirtualBox than on VPC. I'm currently running 4 Linux distros on VirtualBox (GOS, Mint, Mandriva & Ubuntu), and I have nothing to complain.

Kari


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16 Mar 2010   #3
sportflyer

Vista 32bit
 
 

OK. I will use Virtualbox. I suppose I can use the Live Cd version of Fedora to install? Tks
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16 Mar 2010   #4
Kari

 

Check also this site out: VirtualBox Virtual Appliances | VirtualBoxImages.com

You can download a lot of vdi's (VirtualBox disk images) for free. Direct download link to free Fedora 12 vdi: http://virtualboximages.com/Fedora-12-Alpha-i386-Gnome (it's alpha, some issues with host - guest integration).

Kari
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16 Mar 2010   #5
sportflyer

Vista 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Check also this site out: VirtualBox Virtual Appliances | VirtualBoxImages.com

You can download a lot of vdi's (VirtualBox disk images) for free. Direct download link to free Fedora 12 vdi: Fedora 12 Alpha i386 Gnome | VirtualBoxImages.com (it's alpha, some issues with host - guest integration).

Kari
I am new using VM machines and Virtual box. Do I just download the VDI file , add it to Virtual box then run ? Tks
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16 Mar 2010   #6
Kari

 

On the phone, I'll put detailed instructions here within 30 minutes.

Kari
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16 Mar 2010   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
On the phone, I'll put detailed instructions here within 30 minutes.

Kari
Maybe I'll piggy back and watch this thread for tips. I used to do some virtual stuff in Linux so I could use the Windows browser media plugins(gasp! I think they were for Netscape back then!) under Linux to play web stuff. But I have only dabbled with doing virtual on Windows.
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16 Mar 2010   #8
Kari

 

Ok. It was a long call, over an hour but here it finally is.

First, if you already have Fedora 12 Live CD, use it instead of that alpha torrent link I gave you earlier. Live CD is a final edition.


When you have installed VBox, run it. And then:
  • Click New
    Windows 7 virtual pc-vbox1.png
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  • Follow the instructions, until it asks VM name and OS type. Give a name to your vm, choose Linux and Fedora from respective drop down lists:
    Windows 7 virtual pc-vbox2.png
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  • Assign the RAM you want to give to vm when asked:
    Windows 7 virtual pc-vbox3.png
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  • When asked, choose Create new hard disk:
    Windows 7 virtual pc-vbox4.png
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  • Name the hard disk and choose where you want it to be stored. Default location is C:\Users\Your_Username\.VirtualBox:
    Windows 7 virtual pc-vbox5.png
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  • Click Next a couple times until setup is finished
  • Click Settings (next to New button, see first image)
  • Choose Storage, choose CD/DVD, choose the drive containing your Fedora Live CD from drop down list:
    Windows 7 virtual pc-new4.png
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  • Run the virtual machine you created
  • Login to Fedora as Live User
  • Double click Install to hard disk on Fedora desktop
  • Follow the Fedora installation instructions (I assume you know what to do)
  • After installation is completed, shut down Fedora. Do not restart
  • Remove the Fedora Live CD from drive
  • Run your Fedora virtual machine on Windows 7 desktop:
    Windows 7 virtual pc-vbox8.png

Notice, please: clicking inside a VBox virtual machine window captures the mouse, you can only move it inside the vm-window. To switch mouse back to host system (Windows), you have to press the VBox Host button. By default it is the right CTRL.

Kari


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16 Mar 2010   #9
sportflyer

Vista 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the step by step instructions: Is there a choice of running it from an iso image so I save a step of burning the iso to a CD? Tks
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16 Mar 2010   #10
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
Thanks for the step by step instructions: Is there a choice of running it from an iso image so I save a step of burning the iso to a CD? Tks
I would guess you'd have to mount the image using one of those virtual cd programs like MagicISO.
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