[ubuntu-us-ma] VirtualBox Ubuntu host with existing Vista

Chris Butler chrisbutler72 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 20:46:03 BST 2009

I use Virtual Box to run XP and Windows 7 release Candidate. Both work as
well as Windows ever does.
Vista was a nightmare to get the hardware going and as I was only running it
to get acquainted with what some of my end users experience...
I promptly dumped it.

I did have it running, and had it networked but never did get the audio or
USB right.
All I did was take an .iso of the install disk and use that has my initial
CD drive.
I had no need to mess with the secondary hardware profile, but maybe thats
why audio and USB did not port.

Let me know how it goes!


On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 11:11 PM, Greg Rundlett (freephile) <
greg at freephile.com> wrote:

> I'm new to virtualization, and want to find a solution to run my
> existing (from the factory) installation of Windows Vista as a guest
> in my Ubuntu host.  I have Ubuntu installed.
> I basically want to run Ubuntu (Jaunty Jackalope) as the VirtualBox
> host, and be able to seamlessly run Windows Vista as a guest -- using
> the pre-installed OS.  I have the install media, but I don't want to
> go through the bother to re-install and re-partition if not necessary.
> It looks like VirtualBox is a good solution for free and open source
> virtualization.  It also looks like it supports using what they call
> 'raw access' to the existing disk.
> http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/UserManual.html#rawdisk  It seems
> like one important part is to setup a second hardware profile (in
> Vista), however it also seems that hardware profiles are only
> supported in XP, not Vista.  I'm wondering if anyone has had success
> doing this, and has any pointers to offer.  I've seen threads like
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=984437&highlight=vista+virtualbox&page=6
> and language like "Remove anything not necessary, some trial and error
> may be required if you are not sure what you need" makes me leary to
> try it.
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