Installing Windows XP As A KVM Guest On Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop - Page 2

6 Using Virt-Manager To Complete The Installation

Now open the virt-manager (Applications > System Tools > Virtual Machine Manager)...

... and connect to localhost. Mark localhost and click on the New button:

The wizard for creating new virtual machines comes up. Click on Forward:

Provide a name for the virtual machine (e.g. vm8):

Select Fully Virtualized as well as x86_64 and kvm:

Select Local install media (ISO image or CDROM) as well as Windows and Microsoft Windows XP on the next screen:

Now mark ISO Image Location and fill in the path to the Windows XP ISO image (/home/winxp.iso):

Now we come to the storage space - select Simple File and fill in the path to the image we've created before (/home/administrator/vm8.img):

Specify the memory for the Windows XP guest:

Here's a summary of your settings - click on Finish to start the installation:

The Windows XP installer comes up again:

Follow the wizard until you come to the partitioning - select the partition you've previously formatted...

... and then make sure you don't format it again! Select Leave the current file system intact (no changes):

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From: Esa Häkkinen

It's quite short window of time to close QEMU window after 1st formatting, just when You see that format bar filled 100% and when it disappears, click X on that exact moment!

 For me, it was inside about 1 second before "Setup is checking..." appears and install was doomed.

 I'm using LVM block devices & "<features><acpi/></features>" in domain xml config.

 This behavior is only seen in 32bit WinXP, not in Win2000 nor 64bit, at least not for me.

From: Anonymous

I kept getting formatting errors when installing XP.  I ended up using:

anon@Whitney:/home/vm1$ qemu-img create -f qcow2 winxp.qcow2.img 9G 

to create a 9G disk image that was in the qcow2 format.

XP+KVM seemed to like this much better, and the added benefit is that it only uses the space it needs on the Linux filesystem.

(ls done after the install)

anon@Whitney:/home/vm1$ ls -alh
total 269M

-rw-r--r-- 1 anon anon 2.3G 2010-02-25 06:53 winxp.qcow2.img

Then I used the

anon@Whitney:/home/vm1$ qemu -localtime -no-acpi -cdrom /home/anon/Windows_XP_pro.iso  -m 512 -boot d /home/vm1/winxp.qcow2.img

To boot the VM with the image file, and my XP.iso (and use 512 MB of mem).