How do I install Windows inside of Linux?

Scott November 4, 2014
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Is there a way to run any Windows Installer natively within the most recent distro of Xubuntu?

I am attempting to install any version of Windows but my hand-me-down Dell Dimension 4700 Bios A09 will not let me boot from CD/DVD/USB.

  1. Jan F.
    November 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

    You cannot run Windows binaries within Linux natively.

    You either need to run a virtual machine e.g. VirtualBox
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/virtual-machine-makeuseof-explains/
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/gnome-boxes-easy-way-set-virtual-machines-linux/

    Or you need a compatibility layer like wine, PlayOnLinux, Crossover
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-about-some-wine-with-your-linux/
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/playonlinux-brings-windows-games-programs-linux/

    Neither one will help you to install Windows for a dual-boot or to replace Linux on your computer if that is what you are after. In order to do so you will have to get your computer to boot from the installation media directly
    - check the boot order in the BIOS
    - check the installation media on a different device
    - try using the boot (selection) menu

  2. Susendeep.D
    November 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

    You can try installing Windows OS inside a virtual machine.