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SaintDanBert 02-12-2013 11:24 AM

seeking good howto for virtualization rookie
I run linux (Mint-12) most of the time. There are still a few win-dose only programs that I need to use. I've decided to try virtualization -- running a virtual win-dose XP on top of linux.

Can someone point me to a good HOWTO or similar recipe
that will give me a win-dose sandbox?

I've read several articles and they all seem to be well over my head, or otherwise confusing. I was expecting something that was roughly like this:
  • install these packages
  • activate and config virtual win-dose
  • install apps to win-dose the Redmond way
  • enjoy win-dose apps

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan

Kustom42 02-12-2013 01:21 PM

What virtualization application have you decided on? or have you yet? I wanted to ask that before posting anything as most people already know what application they are going to use, I like virtualbox if you are going to install it on Linux or even openvz if you want to run a full vm environment(this isn't going to be a good solution for your situation more than likely). There are plenty of guides for virtualbox but let us know what you want to use.

jefro 02-12-2013 03:32 PM

Two basic ways.

One is something like Wine or crossover's office product. I don't believe this is what you are asking about.

Look at these three ways then tell us which you wish to try.

See VirtualBox, VMplayer and KVM/Qemu. All are pretty easy to use a full copy of windows cd/dvd to run a virtual windows product.

Habitual 02-12-2013 09:01 PM

I don't know if this counts as a HowTo|'How to" but has plenty of screen captures for various installation tasks on a variety of Linux OSs.

Virtualbox+XP Installed but that begs the question, "then what?" or "what for?".

I use mine for netflix and occasionally a webex chat.
After that, it's kind of boring and not much use.

frankbell 02-12-2013 09:51 PM

A long time ago, in another incarnaation, I wrote a blog post for a friend's blog on how to set up VirtualBox to receive an installation. You might find it helpful.

It's an earlier version of VirtualBox, but the application hasn't changed all that much.

I strongly suggested grabbing the VirtualBox manual. It can be quite useful. I actually use VB quite a lot; it's great for distro-hopping.

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