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Can't run the virtual machine - error - "reboot and select proper boot device" RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there any way to resolve this without the system installation disk? This is a feature of Windows 7 Professional. Why would I have an XP installation disk?  Isn't Windows 7 supposed to install the virtual image of XP anyway? I'm having this same problem.  I've installed the virtual machine files and followed the steps Here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx . When I had the problem the first time, I did a system restore and started over only to find that the problem still exists.  I have windows 7 pro 64 bit.  What are my options without having a CD?
    Monday, March 7, 2011 7:28 PM

Answers

  • You want the XP Mode. Download the XPMode VHD from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fb633e9d-ddbc-4044-bb09-4f99e757064e

    and install it.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, March 28, 2011 2:14 AM
    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:59 PM
  • still no luck. I created a machine called "AB" using the existing VHD file that I downloaded in the link you provided.

    don't use the VHD as source. This VHD install the XPMode. Run this XPMode from the Virtual PC link in your Startmenu.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, March 28, 2011 2:14 AM
    Monday, March 7, 2011 10:56 PM

All replies

  • Please explain the issue a bit more in detail. What is not working? What do you expect.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:02 PM
  • When I make a new VM, I start it up and then It won't boot.  I've eliminated all boot sources from within the VM's bios except for the Virtual HDD.   When it starts up I get the error in the title of this post. I've done nothing different than I have before setting up a VM on another 64-bit Win 7 Pro machine successfully.  This is a pretty stock installation of Win 7 Pro. 
    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:05 PM
  • When you make a new VM, it's a blank, empty virtual machine.  It has an unformatted hard drive.  You need to install an OS.

    Your XP Mode license with Windows 7 Pro is for 1 (ONE) XP VM.

    If you want more XP VMs you need to provide your own media and license.

     

    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:31 PM
  • When you create a new VM, the Vm is empty. Put the CD/DVD in your Drive and install the Windows.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:35 PM
  • I do not have a CD/DVD installation disk.  isn't the installation of Windows XP supposed to be formatted when installing the Virtual Machine Software? I've never had to have the disk before. I've done this at least 2 other times on other win7 64-bit machines.
    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:38 PM
  • I only need one.  How do I get it on the VM without the CD?  I didn't have to do this for the other 2 installations of the same setup I've done in the past.

    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:54 PM
  • > How do I get it on the VM without the CD?

    You don't.  You did not need a cd when setting up XP Mode because XP Mode is already configured with XP SP3.  When you create a new vm you have to provide an operating system.  That's when you need the cd.  You must have a new Windows license for each new Windows virtual machine you create.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.

    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:58 PM
  • You want the XP Mode. Download the XPMode VHD from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fb633e9d-ddbc-4044-bb09-4f99e757064e

    and install it.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, March 28, 2011 2:14 AM
    Monday, March 7, 2011 8:59 PM
  • Thanks! Does that one expire?

    Monday, March 7, 2011 9:03 PM
  • still no luck. I created a machine called "AB" using the existing VHD file that I downloaded in the link you provided.  When I go to run the VM, I get an error: "'AB' was unable to write to one of its virtual hard disks."

     

    Monday, March 7, 2011 9:35 PM
  • That's not how you create a new vm.  You create a new vm with Windows Virtual PC by selecting Create New Virtual Machine and choosing a new virtual hard drive.  The existing .vhd in XP Mode contains an OEM licensed copy of XP that you cannot use in a second vm.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Monday, March 7, 2011 9:39 PM
  • I'm only trying to make one.  I only need one. When I select "Create New Virtual Machine" and choose new, it doesn't work.  I get the original error on the top of this post. If I try to make a new one using an existing vhd file (the one I downloaded) still only working with one VM here. I get the above error ('AB' was unable to write to one of its virtual hard disks.")
    Monday, March 7, 2011 9:47 PM
  • The error in the thread title just means you need to insert a cd in order to install an operating system.  When you create a new vm the virtual hard drive is as bare as a physical hard drive that you buy at the computer store.  It has nothing on it.  It is up to you to capture a cd with the dvd drive in the vm's settings and then restart the vm to begin the installation.  If you don't have an operating system cd or dvd you can't finish creating a new virtual machine.  You also can't simply clone the .vhd file in XP Mode to create a new vm.  It is exactly the same as ordering a bare bones computer from NewEgg.  You still need to buy an operating system.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Monday, March 7, 2011 9:53 PM
  • I thought that Windows 7 Pro included a VM of XP.  I have installed this before without a CD. 
    Monday, March 7, 2011 9:56 PM
  • It does.  But because of its size (it is after all a very large item) you have to download it from the XP Mode website at

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

     


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Monday, March 7, 2011 10:00 PM
  • still no luck. I created a machine called "AB" using the existing VHD file that I downloaded in the link you provided.

    don't use the VHD as source. This VHD install the XPMode. Run this XPMode from the Virtual PC link in your Startmenu.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, March 28, 2011 2:14 AM
    Monday, March 7, 2011 10:56 PM