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Old 03-28-2015, 01:40 PM   #1
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How to run Windows XP after installing it on Ubuntu via VirtualBox


2015-03-28

I've just installed Windows XP on Ubuntu 12.04 using Oracle's 32-bit VirtualBox. I made a mistake in not installing a guest list. On the whole,
the installation seemed error-free. But now I don't know how to proceed from here to invoke Windows XP.

My Ubuntu home directory shows a directory named 'VirtualBox VMs' which contains just the 'winxp' directory. winxp consists of the following items:

Logs
winxp-out
winxp.vbox
winxp.vbox-prev
winxp.vdi

I'll be most grateful for any help in this matter.

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Old 03-28-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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I think you need to read more about what VirtualBox is.
To use the XP virtual machine you choose VirtualBox from your menu (it may appear as something like "Oracle VM VirtualBox") then choose the XP machine and run it.
 
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In addition, more information on using Virtualbox: http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/UserManual.html
 
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Should be able to import it to gui. http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26217_01/...import-vm.html

I think this is what you mean. I see the virtual disk (vdi) but the way virtualbox records the machine is in a xml file I think. (someone may correct me on that)

Can create a blank system and then attach or import this vdi.
 
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:06 PM   #5
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Hi, Everyone,

Thank you so much for your very helpful inputs. Yesterday I succeeded in running Windows XP via VirtualBox after reading the following paragrah in www.virtualbox.org/Manual/UserManual.html, the well-written document suggested by TobiSGD. I happen to be using VirtualBox version 4.1.12.

I was able to run all my Windows XP applications subsequently. Pesonally, I find it very helpful to have these Windows programs, purchased or written by myself, all saved on a single disk for safekeeping or re-installation.
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1.8. Running your virtual machine

To start a virtual machine, you have several options:

Double-click on its entry in the list within the Manager window or

select its entry in the list in the Manager window it and press the "Start" button at the top or

for virtual machines created with VirtualBox 4.0 or later, navigate to the "VirtualBox VMs" folder in your system user's home directory, find the subdirectory of the machine you want to start and double-click on the machine settings file (with a .vbox file extension).

This opens up a new window, and the virtual machine which you selected will boot up. Everything which would normally be seen on the virtual system's monitor is shown in the window, as can be seen with the image in Section 1.2, Some terminology.

In general, you can use the virtual machine much like you would use a real computer. There are couple of points worth mentioning however.

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