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How to install a Virtual O/S on your computer?

Goals and Symptoms

The purpose of this resolution is to describe the procedure for installing one or more Virtual O/S on your computer.
Some of Schneider's older software are not qualified to work on the newer operating systems. So, by providing the ability to install older O/S within the current Windows O/S environment, Microsoft Virtual PC proves to be an excellent option to have these software work on your newer machines without having to retain the older desktop/laptop(s).

Facts and Changes

No units are affected by this resolution. Legacy Software that do not operate on newer Windows operating systems may however use this option.

Causes and Fixes

The following is a step by step procedure to install Microsoft virtual PC on your computer.

1. First download the appropriate version of Microsoft Virtual PC that supports the operating system you plan to use to run your application on, from the Microsoft web site - Choose the correct architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) for your computer and download the appropriate setup.exe file.
2.You will need the image of the operating system that you plan to install on the Virtual console. It is the file with a .vhd extension. (Note: if you do not have the .vhd image file, you will need to install the desired operating system on the Virtual PC from a floppy/CD when prompted. Select the option in step 8 below to use "A new virtual hard disk" in this case. An image file gets created automaticallywhen the installation of the O/S is complete.)
3. After installing Virtual PC on your computer, launch the Virtual PC Console. This will invoke the New Virtual Machine Wizard as shown below.

4. Click next to continue. Select the option to create a virtual machine. This is the default option.

5. Provide a name to the virtual name - for example, Windows_98_OS as shown in the screen capture below.

6. Click next to continue. Select the operating system from the pull down menu as shown.

7. Click next to continue and select the "using the recommended RAM" option.

8. Click next to continue and select the "using an existing virtual hard disk option."

10. Browse to the virtual hard disk location where the .vhd file for the O/S is located on your PC.
Leave the Enable undo disks box unchecked.

11. Click the Finish button to complete creating the new virtual machine wizard.

12. The O/S will be displayed on the Virtual PC Console as shown below.

13. By clicking the Start button, you may launch the virtual operating system (Windows 98 for example).

14. Now use the CD pull down menu on the Virtual Operating system and select the capture ISO image option.

15. Select the CD image you would need to capture by browsing to the folder. (Change the file type to All files (*.*) - you must have
a .vfd file in this folder)

16. From the pull down menu for "Action" select the "Install or Update Virtual Machine additions."

17. Click the Continue button on the dialog window that pops up as shown below.

18. Invoke the "Settings for the O/S" window from the Edit-> Settings pull down menu option.

19. You may now share any folder from your host PC by clicking the "Share Folder" button on the right.

20. One or more folders may be shared. This enables access to the files resident in the Host PC from the virtual PC in the virtual environment.

21. New Folder(s) needs to be created in the Virtual PC environment and the files moved into from the above share folder(s) to be able to execute them.

21. You may now close the virtual machine window by clicking the 'X" and use the "Save State" option to save the current state of the virtual machine.
This will enable you to go to the main screen when the virtual O/S is launched from the virtual console without having to go through the
boot process for the virtual O/S.

22. The Virtual PC console will appear as below.

23. Below is an important message on using the mouse pointer in and outside the virtual machine window.

24. This completes the installation of a virtual O/S on your computer.

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