Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2009 05:38I have a win xp sp3 box and I am about to install ms' vpc 2007. I am also interested in having a look at Windows 7 so I figured why not merge the 2 and install it on a virtual pc. If I do not have a spare hdd to allocate to this process, I may install some partition software and break off about 10Gb or so of my current hdd to use for win7.
Before I do all this, am I about to embark on a world of pain? I do not have a spare pc to test W7 RC on so I figured I would check it out in a virtual environment.
Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2009 07:36That is not how VPC works. You do not partition your hard disk. Each virtual machine has its own virtual hard disk, which is simply a .vhd file on the host's hdd.
Freitag, 12. Juni 2009 04:32Hi Bill. Thanks for that. I found this out anyway as I had a look at it last night. Anyway, I gave it a whirl and I left it going overnight as it was very slow. Came back to it in the morning and it had blue screened on me. I kicked it off again and will have a look at it tonight when I get home.
I am not sure why it failed but may be due to the fact that the virtual hard disk was on my server which would have done a scheduled restart in the small hours of the morning.
I will have another look at it tonight and see what happens. From the install process, it certainly looks purty enough. :)
Freitag, 12. Juni 2009 07:45Why have you put your .vhd file on a network share? I am not surprised that the install is taking forever!
Put your .vhd on your fastest directly-attached hdd for best performance.
Vista/Win7 is very slow anyway during the install under VPC 2007, especially without hardware virtualization. It performs better after you get the VMAdditions installed(which also takes a fair while).
Montag, 15. Juni 2009 06:21
Gave up on that plan in the end and ran off my local hdd. The reason for using a network share was that my local hdds did not have a huge amount of free space.
I almost got the install done again but I did not bargain on a windows update on my host box restarting my pc without asking.
When the install rolled back this morning, it broke the virtual xp machine that I started it on so I am going to have to recreate my virtual xp machine from backup and have yet another go.
At this stage, the install is taking upwards of 4 hours to run. That is why I was leaving it to run overnight...
Stay tuned for further updates...
Freitag, 19. Juni 2009 07:29Gave up on it all in the end. The latest attempt at installing Win R7 from a copy of the install disk on the vhd resulted in a install time that finally failed after about 30something hours. All it really did was create a 6Gb file on my hdd with about 50000 fragments that xp could not defrag. Killed it off completely in the end. I will try this the old fashoned way and ghost my drive and install it on the main pc with no virtualisation.