July 17th, 2008

smoke me

I hate Windows

So, XP SP3 is pretty finicky about Parallels Desktop. After hours of Windows install after grueling Windows install, I have determined that if you want to be able to run XP SP3 in a Boot Camp partition both natively, and in a Parallels virtual machine, you MUST do the Windows install in THIS PRECISE ORDER:

  1. Boot XP SP2 on the hardware.
  2. Install Boot Camp 2.1.
  3. Reboot.
  4. Install the SP3 update.
  5. Reboot.
  6. Reboot to Mac OS.
  7. Launch Parallels but DO NOT start the VM.
  8. Clear the Parallels information out of the Boot Camp partition (it's in the "Advanced" tab in the Hard Disk config screen).
  9. Start the VM and let it boot Windows.
  10. Let Parallels Tools reinstall itself.
  11. Reboot.

Doing things in any other order, especially installing SP3 from within a virtual machine, results in Windows crashing on boot either in Parallels, or on the native hardware, or both.

I've totally had my fill of installing for a while. On the bright side, my brand new 24" iMac is finally fully up and running. Now I'm off to Bedfordshire.