[OT] setting up Bochs to run WinXP
bcs at metacon.ca
Sat Jan 31 17:28:42 UTC 2004
On Sat, 2004-01-31 at 05:14, Hans Scheffers wrote:
> in the faq of bochs:
> 7. Why can't I use Bochs with my current Win95 installation?
> Think about this. If you had two different PC's, they would require
> different hardware drivers. So you may not be able to safely move a disk
> drive with Win95 on it, from one to the other. Bochs is no different. It
> emulates a certain set of hardware devices, and requires each OS be
> configured for those devices.
> Don't know if this is the reason, but this is for me a showstopper, as I
> sometimes have to use my windows :-/
It just means you can't use a pre-existing Windows installation. This
should come as no surprise because Bochs or VMWare are operating on a
*virtual machine* running on your hardware -- in other words, the guest
OS (i.e., Windows) doesn't have access to the hardware directly (nor
should it, because then a buggy Windows app could bring down your whole
system rather than just Bochs/VMWare).
You have to re-install Windows into Bochs/VMWare, but once you have, it
works identically to an actual install... it even crashes and hangs for
no apparent reason from time to time, just like an actual Windows box.
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