Virtualbox Install Windows Xp

Wednesday, 03 June 2009

Windows XP installation in Virtual Box Step 1 - When do you need Windows XP. Windows XP is a must for games run in MS Windows platform between 1997 and 2003. Step 2 - Software you'll need. First of all you need to install OracleVM program. It's free and easy to use. Step 3 - Virtual Machine. Install your machine, after selecting it you have to press enter. You can see that my storage format has started, we will wait for it to complete. Now you can see that someone is copying the files in my window, it may take some time here. Now your virtual box will start again after which your Windows XP install will start. I am trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2 in Windows 10 Pro with the Oracle Virtual Box. The computer is laptop HP Spectre 360 with an SSD. The Virtual Box itself has been installed smoothly, as well as the Guest Additions. RAM of 4096 M and a VirtualBox Disk Image type Hard Disk (15 G, dynamic) was selected. First, you’ll need to download and install VirtualBox. Once installed, open VirtualBox and click the New button to begin creating a new virtual machine. In the Create Virtual Machine window, click the Expert Mode button at the bottom. Type Windows XP in the Name box to automatically configure the settings to suit XP.

On Monday morning one of the laptops I use for developing softwaredied. Not a complete 'nothing happens when I turn it on' kind of death— it still runs the POST checks OK — but it won't rebootedof its own accord whilst compiling some code and now no longer bootsinto Windows (no boot device, apparently). Now, I really didn't fancyhaving to install everything from scratch, and I've become quite a bigfan of VirtualBox recently, soI thought I'd import it into VirtualBox. How hard could it be? Theanswer, I discovered, was 'quite hard'.

Since it seems that several other people have tried to import anexisting Windows XP installation into VirtualBox and had problems doingso, I thought I'd document what I did for the benefits of anyone whois foolish enough to try this in the future.

Step 1: Clone the Disk into VirtualBox

The first thing to do is clone the disk into VirtualBox. I have ahandy laptop disk caddy lying around in my office which enables you toconvert a laptop hard disk into an external USB drive, so I took thedisk out of the laptop and put it in that. I connected the drive to mylinux box, and mounted the partition. A quick look round seemed toindicate that the partition was in working order and the dataintact. So far so good. I unmounted the partition again, inpreparation for cloning the disk.

I started VirtualBox and created a new virtualmachine with a virtual disk the same size as the physical disk. I thenbooted the VM with the SystemRescue CD that I use for partitioning and disk backups. You mightprefer to use another disk cloning tool.

Once the VM was up and running, I connected the USB drive to the VMusing VirtualBox's USB support and cloned the physical disk onto thevirtual one. This took a long time, considering itwas only a 30Gb disk. Someone will probably tell me that there arequicker ways of doing this, but it worked, and I hope I don't have todo it again.

Step 2: Try (and fail) to boot Windows

Once the clone was complete, I disconnected the USB drive andunmapped the System Rescue CD and rebooted the VM. Windows started toboot, but would hang on the splash screen. If you're trying this andWindows now boots in your VM, be very glad.

Booting into safe mode showed that the hang occurred after loading'mup.sys'. It seems lots of people have had this problem, and mup.sysis not the problem — the problem is that the hardware driversconfigured for the existing Windows installation don't match theVirtualBox emulated hardware in some drastic fashion. This is notsurprising if you think about it. Anyway, like I said, lots of peoplehave had this problem, and there are lots of suggested ways of fixingit, like booting with the Windows Recovery Console and adjusting whichdrivers are loaded, using the 'repair' version of the registry and soforth. I tried most of them, and none worked. However, there was onesuggestion that seemed worth following through, and it was a variantof this that I finally got working.

Step 3: Install Windows into a new VM

The suggestion that I finally got working was to install Windows ona new VM and swipe the SYSTEM registry hive from there. This registryhive contains all the information about your hardware that Windowsneeds to boot, so if you can get Windows booting in a VM then you canuse the corresponding SYSTEM registry hive to boot the recoveredinstallation. At least that's the theory; in practice it needs a bitof hackery to make it work.


Anyway, I installed Windows into the new VM, closed it downrebooted it with the System Rescue CD to retrieve the SYSTEM registryhive: C:WindowsSystem32configSYSTEM. You cannot access this filewhen the system is running. I then booted my original VM with theSystem Rescue CD and copied the registry hive over, makingsure I had a backup of the original. If you're doing thisyourself don't change the hive on your original VMyet.

The system now booted into Windows. Well, almost — it bootedup, but then displayed an LSASS message about being unable to updatethe password and rebooted. This cycle repeats ad infinitum, even inSafe Mode. So far not so good.

Step 4: Patching the SYSKEY

In practice, Windows installations have what's called a SYSKEY inorder to prevent unauthorized people logging on to the system. This isa checksum of some variety which is spread across the SAM registryhive (which contains the user details), the SYSTEM hive and theSECURITY hive. If the SYSKEY is wrong, the system will boot up, butthen display the message I was getting about LSASS being unable toupdate the password and reboot. In theory, you should be able toupdate all three registry hives together, but then all your useraccounts get replaced, and I didn't fancy trying to get everything setup right again. This is where the hackery comes in, and where I amthankful to two people: firstly Clark from wrote an informative article on the WindowsSecurity Accounts Manager which explains how the SYSKEY is storedin the registry hives, and secondly Petter Nordahl-Hagen who providesa boot disk for offline Windowspassword and registry editing.

According to the article on the Windows Security Manager, theportion of the SYSKEY store in the SYSTEM hive is stored as class keyvalues on a few registry keys. Class key values are hidden from normalregistry accesses, but Petter Nordahl-Hagen's registry editor can showthem to you. So, I restored the original SYSTEM hive (I was glad Imade a backup) and booted the VM from Petter's boot disk and looked atthe class key values on the ControlSet001ControlLsaData,ControlSet001ControlLsaGBG, ControlSet001ControlLsaJD andControlSet001ControlLsaSkew1 keys from the SYSTEM hive. I notedthese down for later. The values are all 16 bytes long: the ASCIIvalues for 8 hex digits with null bytes between.

This is where the hackery comes in — I loaded the new SYSTEMhive (from the working Windows VM) into a hex editor and searched forthe GBG key. The text should appear in a few places — one forthe subkey of ControlSet001, one for the subkey of ControlSet002, andso forth. A few bytes after one of the occurrences you should see asequence of 16 bytes that looks similar to the codes you wrote down:ASCII values for hex digits separated by spaces. Make a note of theoriginal sequence and replace it with the GBG class key value from theworking VM. Do the same for the Data, JD and Skew1 values. Near theData values you should also see the same hex digit sequence withoutthe separating null bytes. Replace that too. Now look at the values inthe file near to where the registry key names occur to see if thereare any other occurrences of the original hex digit sequences andreplace these with the new values as well.

Save the patched SYSTEM registry hive and copy it into the VM beingrecovered.

Now for the moment of truth: boot the VM. If you've patched all thevalues correctly then it will boot into Windows. If not, then you'llget the LSASS message again. In this case, try booting into the 'LastKnown Good Configuration'. This might work if you missed one of theoccurrences of the original values. If it still doesn't work, load thehive back into your hex editor and have another go.

Step 5: Activate Windows and Install VirtualBox Guest Additions

Once Windows has booted successfully, it will update the SYSKEYentries across the remaining ControlSetXXX entries, so you don't needto worry if you missed some values. You'll need to re-activate WindowsXP due to the huge change in hardware, but this should be relativelypainless — if you enable a network adapter in the VMconfiguration then Windows can access the internet through your host'sconnection seamlessly. Once that's done you can proceed with installthe VirtualBox guest additions to make it easier to work with the VM— mouse pointer integration, sensible screen resolutions, sharedfolders and so forth.

Was it quicker than installing everything from scratch? Possibly: Ihad a lot of software installed. It was certainly a lot moretouch-and-go, and it was a bit scary patching the registry hive in ahex editor. It was quite fun though, and it felt good to get itworking.

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I had a HDD -soon to be removed from case- and wanted to 'reincarnate' the existing semi-inactive windows xp installation in VBOX.As long as i had no usb drive, i followed the next procedure which worked like a charm.(more time consuming though, i think)REQUIRED SOFTWARE : a. Acronis True image boot CD, b. UltraISO

1) create a new VM and a new fixed Virtuall HDD a bit bigger than the image i was to restore1a) create 2 optical drives. in Vm settings

2) uninstalled all ide/vga/sound drivers from native installation ->shutdown (DO NOT boot after this point again to the native OS)3) boot with 'Acronis True Image Home 2010 boot cd' -> create backup of disk(max compression preferred)4) make a UDF/DVD .iso file from the previous acronis image, with UltraISO5) mount in 1st cdrom the Acronis Boot CD, and in 2nd the .iso you created b46) boot VM and restore disk form previous created image.7) let the system configure its devices at 1st boot and voila.

after configuring the new devices, on the next reboot the system was like using the native one:) , hope helped.

forgot to add that at 7) you need to boot at safe mode 1st, and after devices instalation to reboot at normal boot

ok.. you can instal xp and software into VirtualBox etc

BUT if you have an XP host system, can you migrate a program from the virtualbox etc xp environment BACK into the XP host system

sounds daft.. DON'T ASK.. but I need to do it

Your post on migrating a Windows OS to VirtualBox was helpful. I went through the steps you did and also could not get past the 'mup.sys' hang after many, many tries, but finally I did this: on the source machine, before capturing the disk image, go to the device manager and change the IDE driver from whatever it is to the 'standard IDE driver'. (Select update, don't have the OS search, tell it you have your own driver, then it will give you a dialog where you can select the standard IDE driver.) Save that, reboot, then reimage the drive, convert the image to a .vdi. It then worked on first boot in VirtualBox! I did not have to reinstall or even do a repair install, hooray.

using Ulitmate Boot CD can do Chris's method (it certainly uses the intelide.sys) go to start, programs, registry tools, FIX_hdc, Fix hard disk controller.

it works butnow it asks to activate ! Touhou 6 download english.

found this by 'the sasquatch'Boot into 'Safe Mode'. To do this, turn the laptop on and press F8 as it is booting up. Go into 'Safe Mode' by choosing the 'Safe Mode' option.Once you are at the desktop in 'Safe Mode', Click 'Start' then click 'Run'.At the run command prompt type the following EXACTLY

rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk

*NOTE: The 'Oo's in Oobe are 'oh's' - not 'zero's' There is one space after rundll32.exe. It is case sensitive as far as I know.

Click OK

Wait a few seconds - the screen may blip a few times or so.

This just reset Windows Activation for 30 days.

Reboot the PC into normal mode - log in - re-activate Windows

It should be noted that most of these problems have to do with problems moving windows to new hardware, not the cloning process itself. The same problems face those trying to move an existing physical windows disk to a new physical computer.

Good morning, I used to work for a college and was in charge of getting the same image to work across any system we could throw at it. Perhaps the most difficult operations where moving Windows Server 2003 installations from high end server-class hardware down to conventional desktop machines. There where quite significant hardware variances between them.

I have three options that come to mind as possibly less involved operations, depending on a reader's situation. I know using sysprep or similar tool was probably out for you since you couldn't boot into Windows, so I won't spend any time on that.

1) Install Windows fresh into your VM, connect your external USB disk, in Windows, and use NTBACKUP. Restore this back up on top of your fresh installation. There are two tricks - you can tell NTBACKUP which parts of the registry NOT to restore ( in this case, you don't want to replace any of the driver/hardware information, as outlined in that article. There is an option in NTBACKUP when performing a restore that allows you to overwrite any existing files. You want to select that option. Boot up, worked a solid 9 out of 10 times for me.

2) 'STOP 0x7B Fix' as we used to call it. Often times if you move a system to new hardware, the first and only error you get is a blue screen that may say 'STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE' This occurs often because the new system/virtualized system has a different disk controller (different flavor/brand of IDE or SATA controller for instance) and when Windows goes to take control of the hardware, it can't the necessary controller driver. You would perform the following onto your OLD installation (or your newly imported disk image):

As outlined in essentially you create the registry patch in the article, apply it to the system, and copy of all of the generic disk controller drivers from the Windows CD, and put them into C:WindowsSystem32drivers. Again, of course you don't have access to the old Windows in a running state. You've got solid linux experience, so the following shouldn't be too scary: Mount your imported disk image using the loopback device, copy the driver files into it, then, mount the old SYSTEM hive temporarily into your new Windows installation, and apply the patch that way. You would need to search/replace all of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the registry patch to HKEY_<wherever you've mounted the hive> to be sure they get applied to the mounted hive and not your fresh Windows system.


#2 really only works though if you're simply getting the STOP 0x7B error. And it is easier than it sounds!

3) If you've got the means I believe a product like Ghost or Acronis would be able to image your system from disk and such it into your new system. VMWare Converter might be able to do it too.

Also VirtualBox has a cool option where you can create a VMDK file that is simply a reference to your external disk, thus you could run it from your real external disk! It's always of course better to use or have backup, but the option is available.

I've never done the method you outlined, but I have had a couple instances where the top two options did NOT work and yours provides something I'll try if I'm in the situation again. Great post! -J

Just an FYI:

I'm attempting to do a Windows to Linux howto and am scouring for ways for the average user to do this with their existing PC with a native WinXP installed.

Here's the link:

I have a few 'used' installations from where I work on which I am experimenting.

Very good post and thanks.

How To Install Win Xp On Virtualbox

I'm going to see if I can make it work reliably and easily (for the average WinXP user).

Why not clone the disk to virtual (will not boot), and run a normal XP repair installation? Should be a much quicker process.

My problem was that VBox adds the image file as a SATA-drive. Whatever I did (and whichever format I used), it wouldn't work (BSOD complaining of hardware failure).

However, once I added the drive as an IDE-drive instead, a current version of VirtualBox managed to start the OS even when I just copied the vhd (VPC-disk image) with only the following changes: I removed the integration software, I made sure it was properly shutdown, and had no unapplied undo disks.

Hope this helps..


'It seems lots of people have had this problem, and mup.sys is not the problem'..Yes, it is - the mup.sys has something to do with the multi-processor kernel (on XP) and since people normally are moving to a virtual machine with just one processor the kernel fails to start.This can be fix with the latest VM software, in virtualbox I can now set the virtual machine for two processors and then the machine load's 'fine' (after that is just a mather of proper drivers).

Hope this help someone else..

This method also helps, try at

I was able to use Jeremy Strong's idea to fix the STOP 0x00007B error after cloning my laptop drive to a virtualbox machine. Here's a bit more detail on how it works:Install a fresh copy of XP as a virtual machine. Or you can probably use any virtual version of windows.In the working virtual windows installation, add the .vdi file of the machine that won&#8217;t boot as a slave drive. Make sure the IDE controller is set to 'Intel PIIX4'. I also checked the 'IO APIC' option (not sure if it matters).Boot the working windows.Open Notepad and paste this in:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


;Add driver for intelide (requires intelide.sys in drivers directory)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINETESTControlSet001ServicesIntelIde]'ErrorControl'=dword:00000001'Group'='System Bus Extender'Start'=dword:00000000'Tag'=dword:00000004'Type'=dword:00000001'ImagePath'=hex(2):53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,44,00, 52,00,49,00,56,00,45,00,52,00,53,00,5c,00,69,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,6c,00,69, 00,64,00,65,00,2e,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,00,00

Save the above to your desktop as 'Test.reg'.Run 'regedit'Click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEFile > Load Hive&#8230;In the Load Hive.. file dialog, browse to the slave drive (the one containing the windows installation that won't boot) and load from the slave drive 'WindowsSystem32configsystem'Name the loaded hive &#8220;TEST&#8221;Double click the Test.reg file you saved to your desktop and tell it you want to add it to the registry.Back in regedit, click TEST, then choose File > Unload Hive&#8230;Copy C:WINDOWSsystem32driversintelide.sys to the same location on the slave drive if it isn&#8217;t there already.Shut down the working windows (don't just hibernate it, shut it down).Boot the broken system and it should work.

I recently installed Windows XP on oracle VirtualBox, after the installation I noticed that I couldn’t access the internet. I had no internet access. Here are the steps I took to fix the issue.

Because we don’t have internet or network access we would need to install guest additions to share files between the host computer and the guest OS, in this case Windows XP.

To start click on Devices tab then click on Insert Guest Additions CD image… from the drop down menu.

The default installation of guest additions is a straight forward process, click next to the wizard, next to the installation location, and Install on the Choose components window.

Once guest additions has installed, select “I want to manually reboot later” and click on finish.

Then shut down the guest Windows XP in oracle VirtualBox.

Now from the host PC download Network Network Adapter Drivers for Windows XP depending on the version of Windows XP installed, whether is is 32 or 64 bit OS.

You might be prompted to accept the license terms, agree to download. The drivers executable will download in a zip file to the downloads folder.

Then create a shared folder on the desktop to be shared with everyone and copy the drivers zip file from the downloads folder to the shared folder. This shared folder is to be shared with the guest OS Windows XP.

Once done open Oracle VirtualBox, select the Windows XP guest OS and click on Settings on the top.

From the left pane select Shared Folders, on the right click on add folder icon,This will open the Add Share window, here to the right of Folder Path click on the down arrow to browse and select the shared folder from the host PC.

Then check mark “Auto-mount” and click on OK.

Also navigate to Network and make sure “Enable Network Adapter” is checked. Once done click on Ok, and start the Win XP guest OS in oracle virtualBox

Oracle Virtualbox Install Windows Xp

Navigate to My Computer, you should be able to locate the shared folder.

Windows Xp Virtualbox Image

Access the folder and double click to extract and run the Windows XP drivers executable. The default installation process is very simple just agree the the license terms and install.

Once you finish the installation you’ll be ready to access the internet and shared network folders.