I found this post in my drafts, dated January 22, 2009, which I wasn’t able to publish. I thought of posting it now because I wanted to try out Internet Explorer 8. Anyway, here it is.
I do stuff when i’m bored. Stuff I don’t really need, that I might, but probably won’t. The latest of which was installing Windows XP SP2 via Sun Virtual Box in my Fedora 10 installation.
First, you need to install the required packages for VirtualBox. In your terminal, as root, type:
yum install make automake autoconf gcc kernel-devel dkms
Then download the RPM from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads. I chose the line that says “Fedora 9 (“Sulphur”) / 10 (“Cambridge”)| ” and downloaded the one for AMD64 since I’m using a 64-bit Fedora 10. Then install it either by double clicking it or using the terminal.
Once installed, run it: Applications > System Tools > Sun xVM VirtualBox. You should now follow these series of screenshots:
1. Click the New button to create a new virtual machine.
2. Click Next >.
3. Enter a name for your virtual machine. I named mine “Windows XP SP2” for simplicity and because I might install more VMs. Of course, I chose Mircrosoft Windows for the Operating System and Windows XP for the Version.
4. Assuming you don’t have an existing hard disk image yet, click New.
5. Just click Next > in this dialog box.
6. For the Storage Type, I chose Fixed-size storage. I don’t want it growing unexpectedly and eat up my precious (and very limited) disk space.
7. Enter a file name for the new hard disk image.
8. Click Finish.
9. And (optionally) watch the blue bar until it reaches 100%.
10. Now back to the Virtual Hard Disk dialog box, choose the hard disk image you just created. Then click Next >.
11. Click Settings to configure the selected virtual machine (it’s the one that says Windows XP SP2).
12. Then mount the ISO Image File of your Windows XP SP2. Click OK.
13. If you encounter this error message, just type
in your terminal.
14. Click OK.
15. This screen should be familiar.That’s it. It wasn’t so hard, was it?