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

David Fletcher dave at thefletchers.net
Sat Apr 5 21:28:28 UTC 2014

I've done this with virtualbox for a couple of VMs on my desktop, also
one VM on a friend's laptop. It works well.

But you'd better be quick! Support ends on Tuesday. Don't be surprised
if the servers are switched off on Wednesday.

Tip:- I found you need to download SP3 and install it manually to get
windows update to work with a fresh install from a CD with SP2.


On Sat, 2014-04-05 at 23:04 +0200, Franz Waldmüller wrote:
> 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.
> Franz

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