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Example: 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. See Setting Up a New Virtual Machine.
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. 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
If you prefer, you can connect to an ISO image of an installation disk. See Connecting a CD-ROM or Floppy Drive to an Image File.
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.
VMware Workstation detects a PXE server on boot
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.
4. When the installer is finished, you have a virtual machine running Windows XP.
Don't forget to install VMware Tools, as described in the next section.
After installing your guest operating system, you are ready to install VMware Tools as described in Installing VMware Tools.