Xen and VT Running Windows

Using XEN with hardware vitualization to get Windows up and running in a cute little box (where it’s harder for it to break things) should be easy. Just pop in the disk, tell it to install, and away you go, right?

Nope. Went through a good hour of tweaking and prodding the Xen install to get it kicking correctly. After which it just wouldn’t do anything when I went to install Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

Nothing. Just sat at the Starting Windows for install screen.

Turns out, you need to hit F5 before it gets to that point. While it’s displaying “hit F2” or “hit F6” on the screen. Then choose the top option instead of the “other architecture” default option.

Freaky. And irritating.