Thursday, May 1, 2008

Windows under Linux

Ok, some things I may need to do in Windows (for now).

So I will install a virtual Windows machine using VirtualBox.


Install
  • Applications > Add/Remove Applications
  • Show: All available applications
  • Search: virtualbox
  • Check VirtualBox OSE and Apply Changes
  • Run VirtualBox (Applications > System Tools > VirtualBox OSE)

 Creating a new Virtual Machine
  • Click New and follow the instructions (a virtual hard disk is needed, but you'll be easily guided through the installer)
  • Go to Synaptic Package Manager
  • Search for virtualbox
  • Install virtualbox-ose module for your kernel (like linux-image-2.6.24-16-generic)
  • Install virtualbox-ose-guest module for your kernel (like linux-image-2.6.24-16-generic)
  • Go to System > Administration > Users and Groups
  • In Manage Groups find vboxusers, click Properties and add your user to this Group
  • Logout from Ubuntu
  • Back to VirtualBox
  • Go to Settings > CD/DVD-ROM and mount your Windows CD or iso Windows file
  • Start the Virtual Machine and install Windows
  • Tip: Click in the VirtualBox window to get the mouse pointer into Windows and click Alt+Ctrl to get the mouse pointer back to Ubuntu
  • Note: I used Brasero to create a ISO image of Windows XP

Share folders with the Virtual Machine
  • In the VirtualBox window go to Devices > Install Guest Additions
  • This will download an iso image file, mounting it in Windows and install Guest Additions for Windows
  • Shutdown Windows
  • Go to Settings > Shared Folder and add the folders you want to share
  • Start Windows and map a Network Drive to:
\\vboxsvr\yoursharedfolder

VirtualBox running modes
  • Windowed: in this case Windows will be displayed in a window
  • Fullscreen: in this case Windows will be displayed in full screen
  • Seemless mode: in this case Windows will be integrated into Gnome