Download the 21Mb update to Parallels (to build 1884)
Boot Windows XP to ensure all is OK before I install Vista. Windows XP “seems” to boot a little faster. Unable to quantify exactly how much.
Backup existing 15Gb Windows XP .hdd, just in case. Create a new 15Gb image to install Vista into.
Install into the fresh 15Gb image, 1024Mb of RAM allocated to image. Vista is marked at (experimental) as OS. Installing onto a MacBook Pro with 2Gb of RAM and MacOS X 10.4.7
- Beta 2 Build 5384 DVD (thanks, Frank Arrigo at Microsoft Australia)
- Started install at 11:05am
- Vista install auto-restarted at 11:35
- Vista install auto-restarted at 11:43am
- Questions (location, time, username) at 11:46am
- Vista install auto-restarted at 11:47am
- Into Vista Beta 2 at 11:50am
- Install Parallels Tools from the Parallels VM menu. Note that these don’t seem to be signed drivers, so ignore all the warnings and install away
- Manual Vista Restart
- On restart, if the “Welcome Center” doesn’t appear, choose it from the Start menu. Click on Add Hardware.
- Vista found network card, and automatically configured network. Also note that Vista also finds “PCI Bridge Device” which I asked Vista to ignore
- Restart; Vista found network card, and automatically configured network. Note that the Network Adaptor settings for the Parallels VM set “Bridged” worked OK
In short, it works. Note that I haven’t stress tested this; and the Parallels guys say its experimental. Beta OS on experimental hypervisor virtualization. Your mileage may actually turn into inchage quickly.
RC1 Note from 8:20pm
You cannot install Vista RC1 on Parallels. Bugger. ISO, DVD burnt or upgrade from Beta 2 to RC1. None of these paths work.
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