Testing ReactOS Using Preloaded VirtualBox Disk Image

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If previous article we discuss about installing ReactOS on VirtualBox from scratch, this time we will discuss about how to use preloaded ReactOS on VirtualBox. As proof of concept, I use:

  1. Slackware64 14.0 as host
  2. VirtualBox 4.2.6

I might using Linux for this article, but the preloaded archive itself is made specially for Windows.

Obtaining the Materials

As said, we will do installation of ReactOS on virtual machine using VirtualBox. Thus you have to make sure VirtualBox is installed and enable to run properly. For Slackware64, I have create a separated article about how to install VirtualBox on Slackware.

The main material we need is the ReactOS ISO itself. Go to http://reactos.org/, ReactOS’ official site. The latest version is 0.3.15 which is still in alpha version (not feature-complete and is recommended only for evaluation and testing purposes). ReactOS team provide three way to taste ReactOS, which are: Installation CD in iso format, Live CD, and preloaded image file. As our concern is installation ReactOS to VirtualBox, choose the Preloaded with VirtualBox. Upon finish downloading, extract the content which you will get a directory named ReactOS-0.3.15-VBox. We will refer this iso as ROSdir

On the Directory

Go to ROSdir and let’s inspect what are inside. If you want to skip this section, go to next section for actual testing.

There are three items on the root: Readme.txt, ReactOS.vmdk, and ReactOS.vbox.

The ReactOS.vmdk is virtual disk format originally used by VMware. But yes, VirtualBox can use it too.

ReactOS.vbox is the VirtualBox’s file for referencing the virtual machine. In this project we have following specification:

  1. Type: Microsoft Windows XP
  2. RAM 512MB
  3. Network adapter is connected using NAT
  4. ReactOS disk is 226MB of 10GB available (dynamic)

Boot and Testing

Back to ROSdir.

Double click the project file, there you should open Oracle and see a new Virtual Machine installed. However this is not in my case. VirtualBox failed to open virtual machine, it cannot register the DVD image for VBoxGuestAdditions.iso because it is already exists.

Uh oh!

If you face similar problem, then navigate to File -> Virtual Media Manager. There you should see a dialog. Click on tab optical disks. Remove it. Don’t worry the disk won’t be deleted. Then you can double-click again the .vbox file.

Just start the VM, we are done! Seriously 🙂

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