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#1 old-baldy

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 10:17 PM

Hi all,

As the booting experts I am hoping I can use your expertise to find a simple, straightforward way to boot a usb drive that will give me a way to run a virtualbox host, that in turn will run a windows xp guest.

 

I have tried a couple of linux distros (suse and Linux Mint) and have got no-where (Not enough linux knowledge). 

 

I have looked at hirens but can't figure out how to get it to run virtualbox as part of its minixp system.

 

My objective is to run a virualbox winxp guest from a self-contained, portable os running on a flash drive that will boot from pretty much any system that it is attached to.

 

The winxp guest works under virtualbox without any issues on winxp. Win7 and Win 8.  It does not require internet access, so the problem of wi-fi\lan drivers is reduced, but it would be an added bonus if it was available.

 

I'm not bothered what os is booted up as long as it will run the virtualbox host from a GUI

 

The software on the vbox guest will not run on anything newer the winxp SP2 and the connected peripherals are not supported on linux or newer windows systems (EOL Issues), but all work together inside the vbox.

 

This is intended to be an emergency stopgap\backup solution for when the existing system falls over for the final time. Using hirens or other rescue software on the same flash drive (To be able to recover additional data, would be an added bonus).

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated



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Posted 05 April 2015 - 10:26 PM

Windows8ToGo will give you a bootable OS from a USB drive.

So you could install VBox and have a XP VHD which it will boot from.

If you use a USB 3 HDD and a USB 3 port, it shouldn't be too slow (depending on what system you boot it on).



#3 Zoso

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 12:59 AM

hi old-baldy and welcome to reboot.pro!

I have done this myself by using usboot.org procedure on XP (both 32&64)

check it out. there is a learning curve with it but the forum at usboot.org is helpful for more info about it.


there may be other ways but I know you can do it this way successfully as I boot a universal XP that has several virtual machine softwares installed and working.

#4 cdob

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 06:05 AM

boot a usb drive that will give me a way to run a virtualbox host
 
I have tried a couple of linux distros (suse and Linux Mint) and have got no-where (Not enough linux knowledge).


Knoppix 7.4.2 contains Virtualbox 4.3.14
http://knopper.net/k...ppix742-en.html

No idea, if USB devices are supported out of the box.https://www.virtualb...ntro-installing

Edited by cdob, 06 April 2015 - 06:11 AM.


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Posted 06 April 2015 - 05:34 PM

Like Steve suggested, I used WintoUSB to create an, ahem, quasi-legal Win2Go of my 64 bit Win 8.1 OS on a USB 3 drive.  I also enabled Hyper-V on it and ran a VM that I migrated from VirtualBox. 

 

I see no reason why you could not install VirtualBox to the USB OS and run the VM from the same USB drive. It installed everything OK that I threw at it. Performance is pretty dismal even on a USB 3 drive and USB 3 port, but once it is going it seems to be OK.

 

One caveat - Windows 7 and 8(1) require re-activation if you switch the USB drive to another PC.  If you keep the same drive on the same PC it will stay activated. 



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Posted 06 April 2015 - 06:36 PM

The thing about WinToGo is that it is likely to contain lots of drivers for both old and modern systems which means no matter what system you boot on, there is a good chance that the VM will work as long as the host does. 32-bit Win8.1 To Go should run on most platforms (but maybe not 512MB RAM ones...

If you want to activate it, you need a volume licence version and key in order to be able to move it to a different system because the Vol Licence version (e.g. Enterprise) is not hardware locked (but requires regular 'phone home' re-activation).







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