trouble trying to install windows xp alongside ubuntu 11.10

Asked by Jo Blick on 2012-02-25

I have ubuntu11.10 on a whole partition and have decided to install windows xp as a virtual pc, I assume this means alongside ubuntu. apparently I must get virtualbox to partition the system first.

 My overall aim is to use ubuntu for my main system and pop back to windows occasionally. When I installed ubuntu I was sure I,d not need windows so I wiped it clean.

when I go to try and instal virtualbox,to create a partition for the windows OS, I dont understand how to instal virtualbox ? It says
" The package architecture has to match the Linux kernel architecture, that is, if you are running a 64-bit kernel, install the appropriate AMD64 package (it does not matter if you have an Intel or an AMD CPU). Mixed installations (e.g. Debian/Lenny ships an AMD64 kernel with 32-bit packages) are not supported. To install VirtualBox anyway you need to setup a 64-bit chroot environment."
My system is a 32 bit.

I have tried following questions related to "how toinstall virtualbox" but I cant undrstand those either.

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mycae (mycae) said : #1

Virtualbox creates a "virtual PC" inside your actual PC - they do not alongside, but can be considered as "nested" - one is inside the other. One OS (in this case ubuntu) acts as the "host", and the other as a "guest". The guest operates within the confines of the virtual environment provided by the host.

Note that this is not "alongside" - the host has to be running in order to start the guest OS - however both can run at the same time, and you can switch between them by simply moving your mouse over the guest's window.

It sounds like you are trying to install from the virtualbox website - if you do not need USB support, then this is not recommended, as there is an easier (and more secure) install from just using the package manager aka "software centre/synaptic/aptitude/whatever".

Jo Blick (jopublick) said : #2

I am using a netbook, with access to a pc for creating the USB windows disk. Please could you be more specific about what you mean by install from package manager. Do you mean windos or virtualbox? I cannot find synaptic or aptitude in my list of software

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #3

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