Windows XP Setup

Saulius Krasuckas saulius2 at
Thu Oct 28 15:59:56 CDT 2004

On Thu, 28 Oct 2004, Ivan Leo Puoti wrote:
> > How much effort would it take to get setup.exe on windows XP CD to run
> > from begining to end.
> I guess the setup wants direct hardware access. 

The exe-part of the setup wants only the WinAPI, I guess.  So, Wine may
help a little bit here, IMHO.  Only till the reboot.

> Also, it probably reboots, and after reboot you'll be running on the
> windows kernel anyway.

Yes, and this is the place where setup process (not the loaded and running
setup.exe binary) may want direct hardware access and where it definitely
uses BIOS services, IMHO. :-P

> I don't think this is really possible.

I think it could be done by using API emulator + Machine emulator (before 
the reboot and after the reboot).  It may be Wine + BOCHS or Qemu, for 

And there some work should be done to reach the end of setup sucessfully:
you will need to transfer files from Wine-disk-drives to BOCHS
disk-images.  I think some not so complex bash script would suffice.

But then you can use only Machine emulator to go through all the setup
process by virtually booting from Installation CD-ROM.  So, why use Wine?

> > The second question is if somebody is willing to take on this task and
> > how much would it cost me.

Not me.  But can you define the point of using Wine to start a virtual
installation of Windows XP?

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