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Trying to install XP on Hyper-V VM; doesn't see disk

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1

    Trying to install XP on Hyper-V VM; doesn't see disk


    I have a Hyper-V VM, and during the setup wizard I chose to install OS later.

    I added DVD drive to it's hardware, and added the DVD drive to the boot order.

    I put the retail Windows XP disc in the drive and start the VM, but it doesn't see the disk and eventually I get the error "Boot failed" for every boot device, and then finally "No operating system was Loaded. Press a key to retry the boot sequence...".

    In setup for the VM, I see that I can "Specify the media to use with your virtual CD/DVD drive", which is an "image file". Does that mean it has to be an ISO, not a physical disk?

    If so, any suggestions on a good way to make an ISO from my retail Windows XP Pro disk? It looks to me like Windows 8.1 File Explorer doesn't do it.

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  2. #2


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Hi Greg, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    You need to select the physical CD/DVD drive which contains the XP installation disk in your vm settings:

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    Kari
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  3. #3


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Hi Kari,

    Thanks, but I don't seem to have the "Physical CD/DVD drive" section on that page. Directly below the "Image file" option is the option to remove the drive, with nothing between them.

    This is on a Lenovo X201 12" laptop with no built-in optical drive. I have a Lenovo "Ultrabase" docking station/port replicator which does have a DVD drive, but I didn't have it attached when I set up the VM (I do have it attached now). Do I have to start over with the ultrabase attached and create a new VM, or is there a way to get the existing VM to see the physical DVD drive?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    I created an ISO of the retail Windows XP Pro disk, using BurnAware. I chose "Copy to Image".

    In the VM's settings, I pointed "Image file" to the ISO created by BurnAware, but it still doesn't boot to it. I get the same messages as before.

    Any suggestions?
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  5. #5


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    If your laptop can see the drive in Explorer when docked, the Hyper-V should also see it. When docked, exit the Hyper-V Manager, relaunch it and create a new vm and try again.

    Come back to tell how it went, we'll find something.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    File Explorer can see the DVD drive and the disk in it. I deleted the VM, closed Hyper-V manager, restarted Hyper-V manager and created a new VM, but everything is the same -- no option in settings to point to a physical drive, and when I point to the ISO, I get the same boot errors as before.

    Oh -- this time I chose to install the OS while in the wizard for setting up the VM. There was no option to point to a physical drive, so I pointed to the ISO. Same problem.

    BTW I verified just now that the retail Windows XP Pro disk is bootable; I booted to it on the laptop and it went right into Windows Setup.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Okay, now it's working! Here's what fixed it:

    I deleted the new VM and created another new one. But this time I chose "Generation 1" instead of "Generation 2", in the "Specify Generation" step in the wizard (the third step). I had assumed that Generation 2 was probably better even if I didn't need its new features. But after choosing Generation 1, I now had the option to point to the physical DVD drive. And Windows XP is installing right now.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    This confuses me:

    Quote Originally Posted by GregL65 View Post
    ... and when I point to the ISO, I get the same boot errors as before.
    Which ISO?

    And again:

    Quote Originally Posted by GregL65 View Post
    There was no option to point to a physical drive, so I pointed to the ISO.
    Again, which ISO file you "pointed to"? When an ISO file is selected as installation source, you have to tell Hyper-V which ISO file to use.

    ISO is a file format and has nothing to do with a DVD or CD disk, although it can often be used for same purpose, to install an OS or application. I understood you have no Windows XP ISO file? If I have understood you correctly and you do not have a Windows XP ISO file, you can create it using ISO Recorder (instructions: Create ISO files in Windows 8 - TechRepublic)

    Kari
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  9. #9


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Hi Kari,

    In my 3rd post I said:

    "I created an ISO of the retail Windows XP Pro disk, using BurnAware. I chose "Copy to Image"."

    At the time of my first two posts, I did not yet have an ISO. But then I got that sorted out with BurnAware, so now I do have one.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    In the VM, Windows XP setup now wants to partition and format the drive. I'm a bit nervous about that. That will happen only to the VM's virtual hard drive, NOT to the physical hard drive, correct?
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