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So it turns out... the DVD of Vista Beta 1 that I burned earlier was no good. Plain and simple. I burned a second one and this time Virtual PC recognized it right away. That's the good news.

The bad news is... now I'm getting the exact same error I was getting with the 64 bit version, which you can see here.

I downloaded this: Windows Longhorn Professional Edition Beta 1 (English) from MSDN Downloads. Should I have downloaded this: Windows Longhorn Professional Edition Beta 1 - checked/debug (English) instead? (Same for the 64 bit version)

Do I need to install a different OS first, and then install Vista on top of it? It's obviously looking for something that isn't there. Those of you that got it working... What did you do? Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2005 6:32 PM General Interest | Back to top



Comments on this post: Virtual PC 2004 and Vista Beta 1 (cont...)

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I've been blogging and answering questions about Vista in VMs since it came out and sadly I've not heard nor seen your error yet. I assume this is happening when setup reboots for the 1st time?
Left by Eric Hammersley on Aug 04, 2005 7:30 PM

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no... not getting anywhere near that far. I get the black and white progress bar and then the error... never even see a windwos logo or anything.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Aug 04, 2005 7:38 PM

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Chris,

Not sure if this is where your problem is, but you will want to make sure you have formatted that VPC's hard disk before you try to run the install. The Vista installation program wasn't able to use the partition that it created and formatted.

Solution: Boot a Windows XP or Windows Server CD instead. Go through the partition creation and format, and then shut it off after the formatting is complete. Now boot your Vista disk and use the partition it finds. You should be good to go.

Kevin
Left by Kevin Remde on Aug 04, 2005 8:03 PM

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You aren't even getting far enough for the HD issue to be in play.

As far as your problem if I understand it you're getting the error before the black and white logo comes up which is well before the GUI portion of setup.

Are you giving the VM enough memory? What specs are you giving your VM?

Just like the HD size issue you cannot starve the installer of memory or it will do strange not-so-graceful things. I'll try and recreate this in the AM with my VPC install and DVD if you post your specs.

When you do get into setup I have several articles on how to handle the HD problem plus an issue with the size of the virtual drive. They all focus on VMware but honestly it's the same issues you'll face with VPC. There are ways to get the installer to format and partition your virtual drive as well, all without messing with other OS disks. Not trying to steal Kevin's thunder, his solution is perfectly acceptable as well and I like him so I wouldn't do that. :-)
Left by Eric Hammersley on Aug 04, 2005 9:47 PM

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I had a similar problem when I downloaded on a Windows x64 machine and burned the DVD there. I downloaded on my laptop with XP Pro (32-bit) and used a MD5 program to compare checksums - they were different.

I burned the DVD on the laptop and used that for the install and everything worked great.

Paul
Left by Paul Ferrill on Aug 04, 2005 9:49 PM

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I set up the VM with 512meg of RAM and 16 gig of HD. Should be sufficient...
Left by Blogus Maximus on Aug 04, 2005 10:26 PM

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Oh yeah, that's plenty.

Did Paul's suggestion help? It makes a lot of sense.
Left by Eric Hammersley on Aug 05, 2005 9:42 AM

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