Installing VirtualBox

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Installing VirtualBox

Post by GS3 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:59 pm

I have heard good things about VirtualBox. I understand I could run win XP SP3, which is what I have in my other computer, inside VB.

I took a look at https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads and I suspect I would need to install

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VirtualBox 6.0.12 for Linux
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Right?

What else should I know. Once I have VB running in Linux I need to install Win XP. Right? How do I do that? Do I need a license?
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by AndyMH » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:28 pm

Follow the instructions further down in the link you posted rather than installing from Deb, that way you get updates. Download and install the extension pack in mint. Can't remember if you need to install guest additions in win with xp. Didn't need a licence for xp.

Don't use the version in software manager.
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by GS3 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:55 pm

AndyMH wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:28 pm
Follow the instructions further down in the link you posted rather than installing from Deb, that way you get updates. Download and install the extension pack in mint. Can't remember if you need to install guest additions in win with xp. Didn't need a licence for xp.

Don't use the version in software manager.
Sorry but I don't understand. Further down where? Extension pack? Sorry but I am totally ignorant about all this.
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by AndyMH » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:05 pm

Open up software sources - mint menu > admin > software sources

click on additional repositories then click on 'add a new repository'. Paste the following into the window that opens:

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deb https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian bionic contrib
and click ok and close software sources.

Now open up a terminal and paste in the following commands one at a time:

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wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
then

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wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.0
that installs virtualbox.

But you also need to install the extension pack. It can be downloaded from here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads just under "VirtualBox 6.0.12 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack" click on "all supported platforms".

Once downloaded just double click on it in the file manager to install, if it asks what program to use it's virtualbox.

You can now run VB and install win xp (assuming you have got an iso from somewhere).

When you have win xp up and running, install guest-additions. If you look at the VB panel at the bottom of the screen, right click on the CD icon (see piccy) and select guest-additions. Win will either automatically open your virtual CD drive or you can go to my computer and open it from there and run the setup.exe.
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by GS3 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:07 pm

Thanks, I appreciate it. I will try to do it when I have a bit more free time.

I have the Win XP install disk from my other computer but what about all the updates, patches, etc? Will I need to download everything from MS? Is that possible? How about serial? is it necessary? I suppose once I have Win XP OS installed I should be able to install all the other apps.

At any rate, I will try to install Virtual Box first and once I have completed that I will look into the next steps.

Thanks again.
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by gm10 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:56 pm

The extension pack is only needed for high speed USB devices, otherwise you don't need to bother.

But yes, you need to acquire a license for Windows XP, it's not Linux. ;)
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by pbear » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:32 pm

GS3 wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:59 pm
Do I need a license?
FYI, your OEM license key won't be good enough. At least, I wasn't able to get it to work and saw several articles confirming that was standard.
OTOH, I didn't try to move heaven and earth to get it done, so maybe I overlooked something.
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by AndyMH » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:42 am

I only use XP for one thing, and not very often - the workshop manuals for my better half's Saab 9-3. The Saab WIS software will only run under XP. I downloaded an XP iso from somewhere on the web (can't remember where, it was at least a couple of years ago). Never had any licences issues, it's never nagged me about registering.
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Re: Installing VirtualBox

Post by wallyUSA » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:24 am

The OEM XP license will not work under VB. It is hard coded for the original hardware only. OE = Original Equipment!

You can search for and install XP ISO in VB.
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