Saturday, April 30, 2011


Boot Virtual PC from an ISO

How do we boot Windows Virtual PC (RTM) from an ISO image? we have shut the VM down and attached a known good bootable ISO image to the DVD drive in the Windows Virtual PC Settings dialog for the XP mode VM. Yet each time that Windows Virtual PC starts, it goes directly to the XP desktop instead of booting from the ISO.

Solution:There is no special way to make this happen. However, if the VHD is bootable, it will do that first. But make sure that the boot option in the Virtual Machine is configured for that.

We need to change the boot order in the BIOS of the VM.
  • Shut down the VM
  • Start the VM, and press SHIFT+ESC immediately
  • As soon as we see the black startup screen, press DEL to enter the BIOS
  • Change the boot order to set the CD to boot first.


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