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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Running IE6, IE7 and IE8 on your Ubuntu with vmware/virtualbox

Microsoft provides free VirtualPC disk images for each of their browsers all you need is to convert them to vmware/virtualbox format with qemu help

1. Download ie7 for example
IE7_VPC.EXE from this page

2.Launch it with wine

$wine IE7_VPC.EXE

then agree to the agreement

you should see an file named after is finished
XP SP2 with IE7.vhd

$ ls -lah XP\ SP2\ with\ IE7.vhd
XP SP2 with IE7.vhd

3.Convert the image to vmware format

$ qemu-img convert -f vpc "XP SP2 with IE7.vhd" -O vmdk XPIE7.vmdk

4.Open VMWare Server and click File > New

5.Go through the wizard and when you get to the “Virtual Hard Disk” page, expand “Advanced disk options”, check “Use an existing virtual disk” and use the dropdown to find the new “.vmdk” file.

6.Finish the wizard and start it! (If prompted to upgrade the virtual harddrive, click “Yes”)

7.Ignore any driver dialogs that ask you to insert a Windows CD. The VMWare Tools should install these drivers for you (see next step).
8.Install the VMWare tools (Virtual Machine > Install VMWare Tools) as soon as Windows boots up. If installing the tools gives you a weird error, read the next section.
9.You’re done

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