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How to Install Ubuntu 8.04 on Virtual PC 2007 - Part I

Updated on June 29, 2008

Creating a new virtual machine

One of the easiest ways to test drive Linux is to install it on an x86 emulator like Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007. The easiest is to download a Linux appliance from VMWare. An appliance is a pre-configured virtual machine ready to run. All you need to do is download a free VMWare player and the free virtual appliance. However, I enjoy the experience of installing Linux from scratch, just like if I was doing it on an actual computer. Please don't feel insulted because of the many screen shots I'll include. I just would like everyone, regardless of experience, to successfully install Ubuntu on Virtual PC 2007... and a picture is worth a thousand words.

Adding a new virtual machine

After you install Virtual PC on your computer, click on New to create a new virtual machine. Then, do the following: click on Next, choose Create a virtual machine, click on Next, select the first option (Create new virtual machine), click on Next, select the place and name for the new virtual machine.

TIP: To speed up the virtual machine, install it on a different hard drive from the where your operating system is. I use a USB external drive.

Choosing a virtual machine's location

The next screen asks you what operating system you are planning to install. Choose "Other". Click Next. Adjust the RAM to at least 512MB and ideally 1024MB if your computer has 2GB. Giving the Virtual Machine more memory, makes it faster because it does not have to write to the hard drive as often. Click Next.

Adjusting the RAM

Choose Create a New Virtual Hard Drive and click Next. Choose the location, name and size of the virtual hard drive. The default is 16GB but you can make it smaller if you like. I chose 5GM. Click Next and then click on Finish.

Choosing Hard Drive Options

You now have a virtual machine ready to take your Linux operating system. The next step is to install Ubuntu on your virtual hard drive (Part 2).

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