Virtual Machines Information
From Ben's Writing
I use Virtual PC at work a lot, and since I have a tendency to write notes to myself about how I did things, I've decided to publish them for everyone to see. (However, I absolve myself of any responsibility with regards to the instructions being completely accurate, sucking, missing crucial steps, or if you simply dislike of my use of the English language, etc.)
The first thing about using Virtual PC is that you should always try to use disk images as your source media. Reading from actually CD-ROMs is so 90s (please note that I am currently installing Windows 95 because a game I like just so happens to only run on it... wow, did I just date myself?).
Anyway, the reason to use disk images is primarily for speed. It actually takes less time to make a disk image and install from it, than to install straight from the original media. (But that's just in my experience; I've been using InfraRecorder and it whips out disk images in no time. dd on *nix systems will get you the same results, if you have one of those boxes at your disposal [although, I've run into some cases where the disk dumps from dd does get recognized as proper CDs in Virtual PC].)
Was a piece of junk, does not run on Vista, and I refuse to think of it anymore.
Is still kind of a piece of junk, but runs on Vista.