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Let's put together an XP virtual machine!
There will be a lot of images as this tutorial will be largely visual.

:!: You can download a complete and working virtual hard drive at https://jaylach.com/downloads/XPProSP3.zip (~~Recommended~~). You should save this file to a safe place such as your documents or a data drive if you have one. I keep mine in a folder named "VirtualBox" on my data drive. Being a 6.49 GB download this is not really for slow Internet connections. This is a compressed (zip) file and needs to be unzipped before use. Right click on the downloaded file and select to extract all.

:!: You will need Windows XP installation media unless you download the finished virtual hard drive above. An ISO file is fine for the install media.



Of course we need the virtual machine software to do this. In this case we are going to use a free package called VirtualBox. Get it at the following link. There will actually be two files we want to download; the actual VirtualBox software and what are called the VirtualBox Extension Pack.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads


Install the VirtualBox package then run the Extension Pack download. The Extension Pack gives some added functionality.
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Now we need to set up VirtualBox to do Windows XP. Just make the setup look like the following images.

:!: The following settings are generic and should work on most systems. In some cases, such as memory, adjustments may need to be made according to your system. My system, from where these settings are taken, has a 16 core CPU and 32 GB of memory.


Make your settings look as much as possible like the following images.
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:!: The following three steps are only if you downloaded and extracted the pre-built virtual hard drive. Make sure that it is where you want to keep it. You will not have to install Windows XP.
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:!: The following two steps are only if you did not download the pre-built virtual hard drive. You will have to install Windows XP.
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You should now have the following. We will make some other setting changes before installing Windows XP.
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:!: Just make the following settings look like the images.
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Now let's install Windows XP...
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Now we will install what is called "Guest Additions".
:!: This is only needed if you installed Windows XP manually instead of downloading the prebuilt virtual drive.

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:!: Except for in full screen, Seemless and Scaled modes you will notice a bunch of icons at the bottom of the window and menu options at the top. Since there is very thorough help documentation under the "Help" menu option I'm not going to bother with a bunch of images for each option.

The icons at the bottom are just status indicators for different devices such as network and drive activity.

The menu options at the top you will probably not use much except for "Devices and View".

Devices is mainly used to control what optical drive is attached or to attach an ISO image as an optical drive such as Guest Additions.

View mainly controls the screen aspect such as full screen. Since it can be hard to find your way out of a couple of screen options I will list the keyboard "Hot Keys" for these options.
  • :!: The right CTRL key is called the Host Key. If you change this from the default right-CTRL your new key will become the Host Key
  • Full screen can be toggled on/off with the Host + 'F' keys. Full screen is exactly what it says. It will fill the entire screen looking like XP is all there is. You may even notice a thin white line at the bottom of the screen. If you hover the mouse over this line it will bring up the menu bar that is at the top when in a window. This white line can be a bit hard to bring up as the main system's task bar will want to come up a lot instead.
  • Seemless mode is sort of cool. It is toggled with the Host + 'L' keys. This will put the XP task bar at the bottom of the screen and it will look like the XP apps are running on the host system's desktop. This also has the white line to bring up the menus.
  • Scaled mode is the one that seems a bit hard to get out of without Host keys. The combination to toggle is the Host + 'C' keys. It takes away the status and menu bars but leave the window sizable.
  • One last thing about the View menu options. The last option under this menu is "Virtual Screen". This gives a list of several screen resolutions along with scale percentages.

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Jay, I am very impressed.....you are truly a talented and helpful individual.

But how come I never got detailed instructions with images? :mrgreen:

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Hey, I supplied images when needed. :mrgreen:

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