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[Qemu-discuss] Proper syntax for invoking QEMU on W32 (Win7 Pro SP1 on 3

From: Paul Gydos
Subject: [Qemu-discuss] Proper syntax for invoking QEMU on W32 (Win7 Pro SP1 on 32bit machine)
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:51:49 -0400

September 25th, 2014

Proper syntax for invoking QEMU on W32 
(host machine is Win7 Pro SP1 on 32bit machine)


I've been trying to analyze the documentation and I haven't seemed to 
figure out basic cases cases of invoking QEMU on images I have on my system.
Apparently "I don't read so good" - to be fair QEMU is documented in a rather 
technical fashion and so are most articles that I have read unless they deal with 
setting up with another application which uses the QEMU software technology, for 
instance in windows QEMU Manager - but I am asking about using QEMU from the Command 
Prompt in Windows.


Here are the details so we are clear about how simple the question is.

I have downloaded from http://http://qemu.weilnetz.de/w32/
the file "qemu-w32-setup-20140801.exe" - QEMU Installer for Windows (32 bit)

I installed it choosing English, having closed all other applications, letting it 
install to the default location of C:\Program Files\qemu

from Microsoft Button then cmd (Command Prompt):
"cd C:\Program Files\qemu:

this launches a QEMU with an x86 guest and no operating system so it goes nowhere 
but this notheless proves that the QEMU Installer for windows has installed fine
without any .dll configuation or dependency issues etc.

So here's the questions:

1) just say with a given of a small linux operating system
of maybe 5-50mbs on an .iso file and its just say at this location:


How would I configure the "qemu-system-i386" so that that it runs the .iso as a 
liveCD in the virtualized guest's CD drive?

answer would be in this following format, no?:
from command prompt: "qemu-system-i386 options_and_syntax_here_please"

2) And just say I converted the iso file to a qcow2 or something?
Now I want to run the system from the guest's primary hard drive.
The imaginary file is at:

C:\sample\punylinux.qcow2 (or whatever the extension is for that kind of os image)

How would I configure the "qemu-system-i386" so that that it runs the .qcow2 as an 
operating system installed on the virtualized guest's primary hard drive?

answer would be in this following format, right?:
from command prompt: "qemu-system-i386 options_and_syntax_here_please"

Please respond here on the mail list.Thank you QEMU community member(s) in advance. 


Paul Gydos
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