Ok, so I installed QEMU using synaptic package manage, then I went to look at the documentation. It talks abut installing the QEMU binary distribution. Did I already do that with synaptic, or is this something else?
Windows or Linux guest on Linux host
1. Download QEMU Binary distribution for linux-i386 and install it. Installation is simply done by extracting the contents of the tar archive in root directory ("/"). It will extract its contents to /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/share.
2. You need a blank disk image ("harddisk"). This is like adding a blank disk to the virtual computer that QEMU creates. Use qemu-img to create a 3Gb blank disk image:
qemu-img create -f qcow c.img 3G
The last argument is the size of the image (3G). This 3G will be the maximum end size of the image file. It will grow while adding contents (writing files to the harddisk). A fresh WinXP installation will use ~1.7Gb. For more information on creating a blank image see Disk Images.
Also, I looked at the file directories where it said to install to, and they appeared to be empty (yes I had hidden files revealed).