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Installing Windows XP as a Guest Operating System

Installing Windows XP as a Guest Operating System

You can install Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional in a virtual machine using the full installation CD.

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created a new virtual machine and configured it using the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

Note: To use SCSI disks in a Windows XP virtual machine, you need a special SCSI driver available from the download section of the VMware Web site at www.vmware.com/download. Follow the instructions on the Web site to use the driver with a fresh installation of Windows XP.

  1. Insert the Windows XP CD in the CD-ROM drive.

    Note: If you plan to use a PXE server to install the guest operating system over a network connection, you do not need the operating system installation media. When you power on the virtual machine in the next step, the virtual machine detects the PXE server.

  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing Windows XP.

  3. Follow the Windows XP installation steps as you would for a physical computer.

After installing your guest operating system, you are ready to install VMware Tools as described in Installing VMware Tools.

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