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Re: [Qemu-discuss] Windows 10 Home USB Install

From: A. Wan
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] Windows 10 Home USB Install
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:51:06 -0800
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On Thu, January 12, 2017 14:33, A. Wan wrote:
> I am trying to install Windows 10 Home (USB edition) in QEMU 2.7.0. 
> My machine (Intel NUC6i3SYH) boots UEFI from sda then the host (based on
> Linux from Scratch 7.10) runs entirely in memory.
> This was how
> I partitioned the disk.
> sda1 EFI System Partition
> sda2
> Microsoft Reserved
> sda3 Microsoft Basic Data (WINDOWS)
> sda4
> Microsoft Basic Data (WIN_BACKUP)
> sda5 Linux filesystem
> ...
> sdc Windows 10 Home USB
> I also downloaded the latest
> stable virtio drivers (0.1.126)
> qemu-system-x86_64 -cpu
> core2duo -m 2G -L /usr/share/qemu -bios OVMF.fd -drive
> file=/dev/sdc,media=cdrom,format=raw,cache=none,if=virtio -drive
> file=/dev/sda,media=disk,format=raw,cache=none,if=virtio -drive
> file=/lfs/sources/virtio/virtio-win_amd64.vfd,format=raw,cache=none,readonly,if=floppy
> -vga std -enable-kvm -display vnc=:0
> I was able to start
> Windows 10 Setup until the point where I was asked to "Select the
> driver to install".
> I selected the Red Hat VirtIO SCSI
> Driver for Windows 10 but Setup gave me "no new device drivers
> found" and I was back to the same screen.
> I
> "Browse" for device drivers again.  This time around I
> could even see my "WINDOWS" (C:) and "WIN_BACKUP" (E:)
> drives in the browser.  I also saw the Windows 10 USB (X:).
> I don't understand why Setup didn't just let me install Windows 10 into
> one of drive C: or E:?
> What am I missing?
> Alex

What I saw in drive X: was NOT the Windows 10 as I thought.  It was probably some kind of "initramfs".  Typical problem of installer having trouble finding itself :(

I ended up copy the content of the USB to WIN_BACKUP, relabel the partition to WINDOWS10.  Then Setup was able to saw it.

What is the correct way of exposing the USB controller to the VM while the VM also needs to boot from one of the attached drive?


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