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Old 10-21-2020, 07:15
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Some notes about howto make you own WinXP vhd image using MS-VirtualPC.

1)
In MS-VirtualPC create new VM and assign for its CD-DRIVE bootable ISO file with WinXP distributive.
2)
Start its new VM in MS-VirtualPC. It boots up into WinXP installation.
Install WinXP as for real PC with new empty hard drive (used virtual hard drive of VM).
3)
Enjoy. Installed WinXP runs from virtual hard drive with default size 132GB with NTFS file system


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If u want use FAT32 for virtual system HDD then do next steps:


1)
Make an image of floppy boot diskette with MS-DOS 7 (for ex. boot_fdd.img).
2)
Make bootable CD-ROM ISO image using this file boot_fdd.img (for ex. boot_fdd.ISO).
Use UltraISO (SmallCDWriter etc.).
3)
In MS-VirtualPC create new VM and assign for its CD-DRIVE this bootable ISO file boot_fdd.ISO.
4)
Start new VM in MS-VirtualPC. It boots up into MS-DOS 7 from boot_fdd.ISO.
5)
Run DOS fdisk.exe command. With fdisk.exe create new partition in raw virtual disk of VM
Note: Don't restart VM after this.
6)
Exit from fdisk.exe and run NU.EXE (Norton Utility or Norton Disk Editor)
Using NU.EXE clear "bootable bit" at Partition Table of new created partition of VM virtual HDD.
7)
Reboot VM. It boots again into MS-DOS 7.
8)
Run "format.exe C:" command.
Now virtual HDD formatted into FAT32.
9)
Run "sys a:\ C:" command. System (MS-DOS 7) transferred into virtual drive C:.
10)
Exit from VM and assign for its virtual CD-DRIVE bootable ISO file with WinXP distributive (For ex. - WinXP/SP2).
11)
Start VM. It boots up into WinXP installation from bootable ISO file.
12)
When installation prompted for install destination, select existing partition with existing file system (FAT32).
13)
Continue installation of WinXP as for real PC.
14)
Enjoy. Installed WinXP runs from virtual hard drive with default size 132GB with FAT32 file system and with boot menu with optional booting into MS-DOS 7.

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Last edited by dosprog; 10-21-2020 at 07:30.
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