Need help with installing a program on a WinXP virtual drive

February 27, 2018 at 04:32:06
Specs: Windows xp
I am trying to install a program onto my Windows XP Virtual Drive (VirtualBox) on a Windows 10 computer. Just for clarifications sake, my computer has a variety of drives (C:, D:, E: are the regular drives, F: is the CD-Rom, and G: is one of five USB ports). After booting my Virtual Drive, I put the CD-Rom disk into my CD-Rom drive, and the installation screen came up. I clicked the button to install, and a window came up asking what drive to save the program in. I signified C: drive, and the installation process began. After the installation process was over, I went back to my Virtual Drive to run the program, but it was not listed on the programs list, and the shortcut that I had said to install was not on the desktop. I don’t know much about Virtual Drives, but to me this says that the program was not installed in the right place. How do I install a program on a Virtual Drive and have it in the program list and have a desktop shortcut?

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#1
February 27, 2018 at 04:39:31
If you're trying to install an additional program, that is not part of the default windows installation, you have to do the installation, just like you do on a regular computer.

You first need to make the installation of the program available to Windows XP in your VirtualBox.
This may be a CD/DVD or you copy the installation program on an USB-Stick.

Then, in Windows XP, install the program on the regular way.

Should work...


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#2
February 27, 2018 at 05:08:06
So let me make sure I understand what you are saying in your reply to my post - when attempting to install a program, when selecting the destination drive for the program (C:. D: etc) I should select the Virtual Machine that I want to the program to be installed to? I'm sorry if I have this wrong, Virtual Machines, and some computer stuff, is new to me.

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#3
February 27, 2018 at 06:28:25
You simply have to start your Windows XP, which is installed on a Virtual Machine, as you mentioned above.

The virtual machine acts the same way, a second stand alone computer would do.

So what do you do, if you want to install a program on your Windows 10 computer?
You start up the computer, login to your Windows 10, search the program you'd like to install an make a doubleclick on it, to run installation.

Virtual machine needs the same procedure.
You have to start up your Windows XP.
Login to Windows XP if needed.
Search the installation program and do a doubleclick on it, to run the installation.

When finishing installation, you'll find the newly installed program in Start Menu of Windows XP and you can run it only inside Windows XP.


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#4
February 27, 2018 at 06:38:23
I was in my VM - Windows XP - when I inserted the program CD-ROM into my optical drive, and when a small window opened at the lower right side of the screen, a message popped up asking what I want to do with the disc. I clicked on the exe. file button and the program installed. But when I went to the START menu (still in XP), the program that I had just installed was not listed on the programs list and the shortcut that I had selected to be on the desktop was not there either. I am not sure what I am missing here.

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#5
February 27, 2018 at 06:51:24
Try to oben the file manager (Explorer.exe) and take a look on drive C:\Program Files\.
Search for a folder, where the program should be installed to.

By the way, what program are we talking about?

If it's a real old DOS-Program, there is no Icon and mostly there is no entry in the Start Menu.


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#6
February 27, 2018 at 06:55:08
Ah, another thing could be, that the small window, that poped up, when you inserted the CD, might have been from your Windows 10, not from Windows XP.

If you have clicked the EXE-File to install the program, it's possibly installed onto your Windows 10 Computer.

Have you searched for the program in Windows 10 Start Menu?


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#7
February 27, 2018 at 07:32:59
Make sure that the virtual machine has captured the CD drive before installing the program. The VirtualBox manual explains how to do this.

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#8
February 27, 2018 at 09:39:49
The program in question is on my Windows 10 hard drive. Which tells me that when I put the disc in the optical drive, it is going to Windows 10, not Windows XP. My question here is how do I sync up my CD-Rom drive with Windows XP? How do I "capture" the CD-Rom drive so that when I put a disc in, it will be going to Windows XP. I don't have the Virtual Box manual. It was recommended by a friend but I was on my own when it comes to installing and operating it.

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#9
February 27, 2018 at 09:43:40
Side note: If I want to download a video game off of the internet, and I am in Windows XP, do I just download it like I would any other Operating System?

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February 27, 2018 at 10:34:30

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#11
February 27, 2018 at 12:30:51
ijack - thanks for the link! This might sound dumb but I don't see anything in that manual about installing programs from a disk or online, or linking a CD-Rom drive to a virtual drive. Sorry. Can you give me a little nudge in the right direction or let me know where to look in that manual?

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#12
February 27, 2018 at 12:35:19
Okay, so see this video on youtube, to learn, how to passthrough CD-Drive to VirtualBox.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKb4ciateS8

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#13
February 27, 2018 at 13:22:25
Section 1.8.4 is the relevant section. Start your XP virtual machine, and then follow the procedure there to attach the CD drive to the virtual machine. Then install your program (the only drive you will see to install it on is your XP C: drive).

This will install the program in your virtual machine rather than the real computer.


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#14
March 2, 2018 at 11:36:39
I followed paulsep's link to sync up my CD-Rom drive with my Virtual Drive (VirtualBox), I got to the point where I load my VirtualBox link and go to settings. Under storage, I am supposed to select my CD-Rom drive (F:) in the controller storage devices. My CD-Rom drive (F:) is not listed, so I can't select it. I tried to install a new device, but listed in the new window is a list of the various drives on my computer (C:, D:, E:, and G:, but not F:) What do I do here?

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#15
March 2, 2018 at 13:52:42
What driveletter is assigned to your CD-drive at the main windows on your computer, not the virtual machine?

If it's assigned e.g. drive letter G:, you have to choose exactly this drive letter in the settings for your virtual machine.


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#16
March 2, 2018 at 15:12:33
My CD-Rom drive is F: but when I look at available drives to sync every drive is listed except F:

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#17
March 2, 2018 at 15:31:08
"My CD-Rom drive is F: but when I look at available drives to sync every drive is listed except F:"
Try with a disk in the drive.

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