Sunday, December 25, 2011

How To Install Windows 7 On a Virtual PC ?

In the previous post, I gave a brief about how to install a VMware virtual PC software on your computer.

Now, I am going to tell you how to install a Windows 7 Virtual Machine in the virtual PC software.
For this, you need to have a windows installer disc or an .iso image of Windows.

Open the VMware Player you've installed as explained here.
Click on the "Create a New Virtual Machine".
 There are two options here. You can install an operating system later. But if you want to install an operating system now, then you again have two options. You can install directly from the windows disk by selecting "Installer Disc" option or you can give the path to a windows image(.iso) by selecting "Installer Disc Image file" option. After you are done, click next.
Now the installer wizard asks you to enter a windows key. If you have one, then you can use it now to install Windows. You can also activate the windows later after the installation. To do this, you have to leave the "Windows product key" field blank.
You can set Username and a password for your virtual machine. Click next.
And a prompt opens if you haven't entered the windows product key. Don't worry about it. Just click yes in the prompt.
 You must give your virtual machine a name. Like Windows 7 etc. And it will ask you to give a location where it should install the virtual machine. You can leave it or change it as per your will.
This is an important step. VMware or any other virtual pc software uses a file as the machine. This file can be stored as a single file or it can be split into multiple ones. As far as the speed of the virtual machine is concerned, it is better to store the virtual machine as a single file.
And you have to give the maximum disk space that can be occupied by the virtual machine.
Click next.
This windows shows you the configuration of the virtual machine that you have chosen to install. Just click on the "Customize Hardware" button to open a window that shows you the entire properties of the virtual machine that you are installing. When you are done, just close the hardware window and click install in the previous window. This starts the installation of the virtual machine.
Be patient while the VMware player configures the installation of Windows 7 Virtual Machine.
Now you'll be given an option to download and install VMware Tools for windows. You can download or just skip it. Either is safe.
 Windows starts to load files and installation automatically begins. When it is completes, if you are connected to a network, then it will ask you to select the home group settings for that network.

Now you can see the Windows 7 desktop. :)
You can check the properties of your Windows 7 Virtual Machine by right-clicking on the Computer button in the Start menu and selecting "Properties" button. The screenshot below shows the hardware properties of  my Virtual Machine that I just installed.
If you want to close the Virtual Machine, all you have to do is shut down your Windows 7 Virtual Machine. This closes the VMware player also. Or as always you can just click on the cross button on the top-right corner. 
Installing a virtual pc software and setting up your Windows 7 Virtual Machine is that simple.

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How To Setup a Virtual PC ?

In this how-to post, I am gonna tell you how to install a virtual PC in your computer.
Virtual PC is just like another new computer with its won operating systems. The only difference between a virtual PC and your computer is that virtual PC exists inside your computer. Your computer is a combination of hardware and software, but virtual PC is just software which behaves exactly like a fully functional computer.

There are a lot of virtual PC software on the internet. But the best ones are Microsoft Vitual PC and VMware Player.
I will be showing you how to install VMware player on your computer and I will show you how to setup a Windows 7 Virtual Machine.
1. VMware player. Click here to download
2. Windows 7 image. There are about hundreds of downloadable windows images over the internet. Choose as you like.

Double-click the downloaded VMware player installer.
Click Next in the windows that looks similar to the image shown below. 
Choose the destination folder to install the VMware Player. Default location will be in C drive. 
 If you have a working internet connection every time you log on, you can choose this option which will check for product updates every time you log on to your computer.
 This option enables an option which will automatic reports to VMware. This is perfectly safe. I would choose this option. 
 If you are thinking to use this software every now and then, you can place shortcuts automatically on the Desktop and Start menu by checking the respective fields.
 Click continue to start the installation of VMware player with your desired settings.
The setup requires you to restart your PC after completing the installation of VMware player.
This is how you install a VMware player or any other virtual pc software in your computer. It's that simple. In the next post I will show you how to install a Windows 7 Virtual Machine. 

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Friday, December 23, 2011

How To Change Boot Device Priority ?

In any PC there is an option for setting the priority of boot device. In simpler words, you just tell the computer from which drive to load the OS from
Some computers have dual-boot or triple-boot in them. You can install two or three operating systems in a single PC in a single hard-drive or multiple hard-drives. 
When you have different operating systems in different hard-drives, then you will have to manually tell the computer from which hard-drive to load the operating system. This manually telling the computer must be done through the boot device priority menu. 
For some computers, BIOS has the option of selecting the boot device while booting-up.
And some for computers, you must go into the BIOS settings page and then change the boot device priority from there. 
How to open the boot menu ?
It is simple. While starting your computer you may have noticed that some texts appear to the bottom of your screen like "Press F12 for boot menu" or "Del to enter setup" etc. You just have to find out which button leads you where in your PC and enter the same when it is appropriate i.e when your computer starts. If you want to enter BIOS setup, then you must press the button which loads setup. For most computers, it is the Delete button.

--> After opening the BIOS menu, it looks something like this. You'll have a boot menu as indicated in the right side image. 

--> Open the BIOS menu and you can see a menu which says "FIRST BOOT DEVICE" , "SECOND BOOT DEVICE" etc. All that you have to do is just change the priority of the boot devices in the list provided. That is if you want your USB drive (for booting from USB) to be your first boot device, then open the First Boot Device option and select REMOVABLE DRIVES . 

That's all ! You are done with setting up the boot priority for your computer. For more help, visit the Contact Me page or Comment below.FACING TROUBLES STARTING YOUR COMPUTER ? SEE THIS The Artifex.

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