Introduction: Installing a Simple Virtual Machine on Linux.

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Sometimes you may want to run software without having to use another computer. What you can do is set up a sort of pretend computer or a computer within a computer. This pretend computer is called a virtual machine, because it will be as if you were using birtually another computer. Sometimes I like to play and old mswindows for test some light software development in the virtual machine.

Note. I do recommend a machine of at least 1 gigahertz in speed and at least 512 meg or ram, but more is better so other programs do not feel slighted.

Once you have done this you can go back and in the install cd for Reatos and have Reactos installed more permanently.
Good luck.

Let me know if you have any qiestions..

Step 1: Installing the Virtual Machine Software

You will want to go to the menu (at the top of the screen and choose System > Administration > Synaptic Package manager and click on it.

You will be asked for a password and then you can choose packages. Type in qemu in the quick search box. Then all the packages having to do with qemu will appear.

Choose qemu and qtemu ( you may have to page down on the packages to see it.

Then click on apply. Those items will be installed.

Hint you can also:

sudo apt-get install qemu qtemu

to achieve the same thing.

Step 2: Get the Software to Test the Virtual Machine.

You will want to go to and download the install the live cd. I chose this one because it is a fairly small download.  Also too you can see someone is working on a Microsoft windows clone. You will need to double click on it to extract the cd archive ( to get the iso file. No need to burn a cd. Just remember where you extracted it to.

Step 3: Getting It Going

Go to the the Applications menu > System tools >  Qtemu and click on it.  If it is not there it should be somewhere on the applications tree menu.

You should get a window as pictured below.

Step 4: Creating a New Machine

You will want to create a new machine by going to the main tab on the left and then clicking on it.  Click on create a new virtual machine.

You will want to click on reactos as the operating system to install.
Then click on next and use all the defauls. ( note you should have about at least several gigs os space on your hard disk to do this.)

It will say image created and go back to the original window.

You will want to go to the reload optical drive on the lower left side.

You will click on the little cd icon.

Change to the directory where you extracted the cd

Choose the ReactOS-LiveCD.iso and press the open button.

Step 5: Lets Go.

Press the start button.  You see it start loading.

it will take a while depending on the speed of you machine. Be patient.

Once it is up, you can start using just like the computer you are using now!

Note as you shut down your system Reactos will not be permanently on the system. This is only a temporary set up. You will need to use the install CD to have it permanently set up.

Using a virtual machine is a great way to test other operating systems without having to modify your existing set up.  (This can also be done on other operating systems, but I did not include that tutorial in this instructable.