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I follow the instructions from the User Guide to install a guest OS but every time I start the VM it fails to boot from any available device. What am I doing wrong?

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If you inserted the disc, turned on the VM, but the installation doesn't start, please follow these steps:

  1. Step One: please make sure that you really have a bootable CD/DVD disc in your Mac CD/DVD- ROM drive. Don't confuse Microsoft Office discs and alike programs for the bootable disc with operating system installation files. First, you must install an operating system (OS), and then you will be able to install your favorite programs.
  2. Step Two: The installation CDs for Windows 95/98 are often not bootable. You need a bootable CD or an image of a bootable floppy disk to boot the VM from it, and to partition your virtual hard disk before you can start the installation.
    If you have the correct disc in your Mac drive, make sure that it is bootable. If you have just copied the CD contents like files and folders to another disc, this doesn't make it bootable.
  3. Step Three: Dust and scratches on your CD can hinder the proper reading of the disc by your Macintosh computer. To fix the problem try cleaning the CD with a clean soft cloth.
    If none of these steps solve your problem, then, most likely, your Mac’s CD/DVD-ROM drive cannot read the disc. Try to create an ISO image of the CD-ROM on another computer.

To make an ISO image of the CD-ROM using Disk Utility please follow these steps.


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