When you try to install Windows 95 or Windows 98 on a virtual machine, the Windows installation CD-ROM cannot be found after the system restarts during Setup

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to install Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98 on a virtual machine, after the computer restarts and Windows Setup continues you are prompted to insert the Windows installation CD-ROM. However, a drive letter may not be assigned to the CD-ROM drive and the CD-ROM cannot be found.

CAUSE

This problem occurs if the primary and secondary integrated device electronics (IDE) controllers are configured during the second part of Setup (after the restart). As a result, you cannot find the CD-ROM drive.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, copy the Win95 folder or the Win98 folder from the Windows installation CD-ROM to the Virtual PC's guest drive C, and then start Setup from the C:\Win9x folder on the guest drive C. By default, when Windows Setup looks for a file, it looks in the install location. To copy the Win95 folder or the Win98 folder to the guest drive C, follow these steps:
  1. Insert a Windows 95 or Windows 98 startup disk in the 3.5-inch drive, and then start your Virtual PC.
  2. Use the startup disk to start your Virtual PC with CD-ROM support.
  3. At the command prompt, type the following commands and press ENTER after each command, where x is either 5 or 8, depending upon the version of Windows that you are installing:

    c:\
    MD win9x
    copy e:\win9x\*.* c:\win9x
  4. After the files are copied, type the following commands and press ENTER after each command, where x is either 5 or 8, depending upon the version of Windows that you are installing:

    cd c:\win9x
    setup

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Article ID: 825252 - Last Review: December 12, 2003 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2004
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 5.2
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 5.1
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 5.0
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 4.3
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 4.2
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 4.1
  • Connectix Virtual PC for Windows 4.0
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