QEMU: question on creating a virtual/emulated(?) machine without KVM

Franz Waldmüller waldbauernbub at gmx.at
Sat Apr 5 21:04:10 UTC 2014

Hi all,

before the support for Microsoft Windows XP ends I want to create a 
virtual machine from a Windows XP CD which I don't use anymore.
The purpose of this install is to have a Windows install available for 
legacy applications or an old scanner which only works on XP. Although 
this virtual machine shouldn't connect to the internet I want to apply 
all available security updates since the won't be available forever.

I think that Windows doesn't use a generic kernel like ubuntu. So I am 
afraid that I have to ensure that the hardware as Windows sees it, does 
not change too much.

Do I need to set the -no-kvm switch when launching qemu-system-i386? Do 
you have any other recommendations on the launch options of qemu?

qemu-system-i386 -no-kvm -hda /path/to/harddisk.img -cdrom /dev/cdrom0 
-boot d -m 1024

I am on a 64bit install of ubuntu 12.04 at the moment but wanted to 
create a virtual machine which I can use on an old laptop which doesn't 
have VT-x/AMD-V.

thanks for your help.

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