Can't install windows using virtual pc

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by JoeBloggs, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. JoeBloggs macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    When I try to install windows, virtual pc boots up into Caldera DR-DOS 7.03. I then go to my cd drive and run setup.exe but get the following error "This program cannot be run in DOS mode."

    I'm doing this on a PowerPC G5 with osx 10.5.4 using virtual pc version 7.0.3

    Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? or is it just that virtual pc will not work on my mac?

    Thank you
  2. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Well, I'm not sure about VirtualPC on PPC processors or for that matter running windows inside it, but did you configure your virtual cd drive for booting off the cdrom?

    IMO I don't think it'll work period on a PPC but I could be wrong.
  3. dannomac macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Saskatoon, SK
    Virtual PC was a Connectix then Microsoft product that would run Windows and other Intel operating systems on a PowerPC based Macintosh. Microsoft stopped updating it when Apple switched to Intel, giving their blessing to Boot Camp and the likes of Parallels and VMWare Fusion. Microsoft has announced that they will not update it to run on Leopard, so I think the OP is screwed.
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Virtual PC was designed for PPC Macs to run Windows, that's its purpose.
    Anyway, using it with Leopard may be the point of failure in this situation, not to mention using Virtual PC with anything other than Windows 95 (maybe 98) is dreadfully, painfully, murderously, SLOW! So I would have to recommend you seek other avenues of PC solutions than VPC.
  5. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    In Virtual PC, create a new Disk Image.
    Starup the image with the CD in the Drive.

    On the window's lower left icon, select the CD shaped menu and have it capture the Drive. If you get the Black DOS screen saying than no OS is installed, use the menus to restart the Virtual computer, then tap the keyboard to boot off the CD with the prompt comes up, and it should boot off the CD.

    To install windows, you must try to run it from DOS or boot from the Disc, you cannot run the "Setup.exe" from a Linux OS, since it will try to run it in DOS mode, not allowing the disc to do its work.

  6. JoeBloggs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    Thanks for the help guys. I decided to go with Guest PC today and I've got XP up and running now with no problems and it does what I want.

    Thanks again

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