Installing ubuntu 8.04 on Virtual PC 2007 – tutorial

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How to install ubuntu 8.04 LTS desktop edition on Virtual PC 2007? The following is a step by step tutorial.

How to install ubuntu 8.04 on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007?

  • Free download Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition
  • Use the CD menu option to capture the desktop ISO you downloaded from Ubuntu
  • The first screen to come up, asks for the language. Select your language, and press Enter to continue.
  • Press F4 to select an alternate starting mode. When it pops up, change to Safe graphics mode, and press Enter
Safe graphics mode for ubuntu installation on virtual PC 2007
  • Then press F6 and delete the part that says “quiet splash –” and replace it with “vga=791 noreplace-paravirt
  • Now choose “Try Ubuntu..” and press enter. (note that you should NOT pick the Install Ubuntu option to install Ubuntu directly)

It will take some time (around 10 minutes) to move the next screen and don’t panic.Once ubuntu boots, you should see the live session trial environment.

Double click to install ubuntu on virtual PC 2007
  • Double click the Install icon on the desktop to begin the install process
  • You will see a welcome screen, where you can also change your language, if you want to have ubuntu installed in a different language than you already chose earlier. Press Forward to continue.
  • In the next screen set up your time zone and press Forward
  • Next, choose the appropriate keyboard layout and click Forward
  • Next, choose the option to partition the hard disk (you may leave it as selected) and click Forward
  • It will take time (around 6- 8 minutes) for the disks to be prepared and proceed to the next screen.
  • On the next screen, enter your name, your Ubuntu login name, password and name of the computer and finally click Forward
  • you will find Step 6 missing, but don’t worry. Just click Install to begin the install process.
Install ubuntu on Microsoft virtual PC 2007
  • It will take around 45-60 minutes for ubuntu to install
  • On the Virtual PC menu click CD, and release the cd
  • Then click on the Restart now button inside VPC

If the restart does not happen on its own, then in the Virtual PC menu click Action –> Reset. Shut down the Virtual PC 2007 session while saving the state. Start the Virtual PC 2007 session again and it will boot fine.The boot process does take a few minutes.

Once it gets to GRUB, interrupt the boot and add the “noreplace-paravirt” to the kernel boot line.

  • Press “esc” while grub is visible
  • You should now see 3 entries to select from. Leave the first one “Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic” selected and press “e
  • On the next page, select the second entry that reads “kernel /boot/vmlinuz…” and press “e” again
  • You will see a command line that ends with “xforcevesa“. Hit “space” and add “noreplace-paravirt” (without the quotes) to that line and press “enter”
  • You will be taken back to the previous selection screen with the entry “kernel /boot/vmlinuz…” still selected. Now press “b” and it should boot correctly

How to permanently add “noreplace-paravirt” option to grub?

  • Once Ubuntu has loaded, open a terminal window (Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal) and on the command line enter “sudu nano /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • Enter your password and page down to near the bottom and locate the “kernel /boot/vmlinuz…” in the “Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic” section
  • Move the cursor to the end of the line after xforcevesa and add “noreplace-paravirt” (no quotes) Ctrl + O to write out, enter to accept the name, Ctrl + X to close

Fix the sound issue while installing ubuntu 8.04 on Virtual PC 2007:

  • on the command line enter “sudo nano /etc/rc.local
  • At the end of the # lines, but before “exit 0“, type on a new line (again without quotes) “modprobe snd-sb16“.Ctrl + O to write out, enter to accept the name, Ctrl + X to close
  • Reboot Ubuntu. The reboot should be clean, and the sound icon should come up without an error indication

In System, Preferences, Sound, set the playback options to ALSA. It’s pretty crappy but works better than OSS and certainly better than Auto detect which generates a stream error when you try to play MP3’s or movies.

The following is a tutorial on how to set the default resolution of Ubuntu 8.04 to 1024×768 in Virtual PC 2007

You can free download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

You can also check out how to install ubuntu on windows with a single click and without the need for any partition.

Update: You can also install ubuntu 8.10 on windows straight from CD, without the need to partition manually.

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9 comments on “Installing ubuntu 8.04 on Virtual PC 2007 – tutorial
  1. […] The following is a tutorial on how to install ubuntu 8.04 on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007? […]

  2. […] The following is a tutorial on Installing ubuntu 8.04 on Virtual PC 2007 […]

  3. Nice tutorial, I will be installing Ubuntu on my laptop soon.

    Nirmal’s last blog post..How to Disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

  4. after doing safe graphical when I start to load ubuntu 8.04 it says “An unrecoverable processor error has been encountered.
    The virtual machine will reset now.”
    what is the problem here and whats the solution???plz help me out….

  5. How do you do the following:

    Then press F6 and delete the part that says “quiet splash -” and replace it with “vga=791 noreplace-paravirt”

    Now choose “Try Ubuntu..” and press enter.

  6. Great Instruction. It was my day saver. Thank you.

  7. When I try and hit return to “Try Ubuntu without any change …” nothing happens.

    I have tried all the other options and they do not work. However if I do hit F2 and change language, by using return, this works.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  8. Great tutorial.. I used it with version 8.10 and it worked!

  9. it worked but my virtual pc run too slowly.It took 1 day to install ubuntu.So sad

  10. Used this with 9.04 and it worked great.

  11. Worked with me on Ubuntu 9.04 Flawlessly!

    And, The install didn’t take more than 20 Mins. Max.

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