|"and I "insert" the install floppy, I hit enter to begin installation"|
This doesn't make sense!
You follow the wizard to make a virtual machine and a virtual hard drive.
You boot (start) the virtual machine.
I use mouse to pull down VPC menu for boot device. Then you select the floppy or floppy image to boot from.
You can if you really want, go into the virtual machines bios and select boot device but I never do.
There is no enter to begin that I know of.
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