On Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 9:59:24 AM UTC-5, Daniel Moerner wrote:
> On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:06:03 PM UTC-5, Glen H wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I'm a new user and am trying to get Win7 Pro x64 installed in Qubes 4rc4.  
> > I have a Dell e7440 and it doesn't come with a Windows .iso.  Before I 
> > installed Qubes I used the Dell recovery tool to create a recovery usb disk 
> > for Win7 to re-install the OS but I'm not sure if this is usable to install 
> > with Qubes.
> > 
> > I tried following the instructions on the Qubes website by creating a new 
> > Qube without a template but I could not change it from PVM to HVM.  Then 
> > when I tried booting from the USB recovery disk it would load up a terminal 
> > and then exit after 10 seconds.
> > 
> > When I try to boot the recovery USB disk from the main BIOS it boots up 
> > fine.  Does anyone have any tips for installing Win7 in Qubes 4?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > Glen
> Hi,
> Check out these two issues:
> Installing Windows 7: https://github.com/QubesOS/qubes-issues/issues/3592
> Installing Qubes Windows Tools: 
> https://github.com/QubesOS/qubes-issues/issues/3585
> The two problems you describe in the post seem to be the following:
> 1. Use qvm-prefs to set the virt_mode to hvm; the GUI doesn't work.
> 2. Make sure you set the video-model to cirrus for install.
> Best,
> Daniel


Thanks for the tips Daniel.  I'm stuck at not being able to boot from the usb 
disk.  I am doing:

qvm-create --class StandaloneVM --label red win7new
qvm-prefs win7new virt_mode hvm
qvm-prefs win7new memory 4000
qvm-prefs win7new maxmem 4000
qvm-prefs win7new kernel ''
qvm-volume extend win7new:root 25g
qvm-prefs win7new debug True
qvm-features win7new video-model cirrus

# Then attach usb drive to untrusted, but all of these fail to boot:

qvm-start --hddisk untrusted:sda win7new
qvm-start --hddisk untrusted:sda1 win7new
qvm-start --hddisk untrusted:/dev/sda win7new
qvm-start --hddisk untrusted:/dev/sda1 win7new

I'm not sure whether to use the whole drive (no name) or the first partition 
(named DELLRESTORE)...but I tried both.

I get the error message in the win7new terminal:

SeaBIOS (version ...)
Machine UUID ...
Booting from Hard Disk...
Boot failed: not a bootable disk

Booting from Floppy...
Boot failed: could not read the boot disk

No bootable device.

So it seems that it doesn't recognize the USB drive as bootable even though I 
can boot it from the main BIOS (in legacy mode).  

Any help would be appreciated.


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