CNIT 123 Project 1: Preparing a Virtual Windows Machine (10 Points)

What You Need for This Project

Start Your Host Machine

If you are working in S214, select a machine to be your primary machine for the semester. You'll want to keep using the same machine as much as possible, because your virtual machines will be there. Power on your computer. Boot to the operating system named "Win 7-S214". Log on as Student with no password.

Making Your VM (Virtual Machines) Folder

Click Start, Computer. Find the "VMs-S214" drive and double-click it to open it.

In the VMs-S214 window, right-click the empty space and click New, Folder. Name the folder YOUR NAME VMs replacing YOUR NAME with your own name.

This fills the C drive and makes the machines unusable. If you save VMs on the C: drive, they will be erased to keep the machines running.

Copying the Virtual Machine 7-zip Files into Your VM Folder

Insert the VMs DVD into your machine.

Copy the "WinXPSP3.7z" and "WinSP_TARGET.7z" files into the VMs-S214\YOURNAME folder.

Right-click the WinXP_TARGET.7z file, and click 7-zip, "Extract Files...". Extract it to the VMs-S214\YOURNAME folder.

If you don't have 7-zip, you can get it here:

Starting VMware Player

VMware Player is installed in the machines in S214. Double-click the "VMware Player" icon on the desktop to start it.

If you don't have VMware player, you can get it here:

Opening your WinXP_TARGET Virtual Machine

In the VMware Player window, click "Open a Virtual Machine". Browse to the VMs-S214 drive amd open the folder with your name on it. Open the "WinXP_TARGET" folder and double-click the "Windows XP Professional.vmx" file.

In the VMware Player window, click the green "Play virtual machine" button.

VMware Player will pop up several dialog boxes, asking whether this machine was moved or copied, telling you details about the processor, etc. Just accept the default choice for all those boxes.

The virtual machine should log in automatically. If it does not, log in as Student with no password.

You should see a Windows XP desktop in the VMware Player window, as shown below:

Changing Your Virtual Machine's Name

All the virtual machines now have the same name. This will cause warning messages to appear on the desktops in S214, and it's confusing. So you should change your machine's name to contain your name, with the following steps.

Click the Start button on your virtual machine's desktop, right-click "My Computer", and click Properties.

Click the Computer Name tab.

Click the Change button.

Change the computer name to "XP-YOURNAME", replacing "YOURNAME" with your own name.

Click OK.

When a Computer Name Changes box appears saying “You must restart...”, click OK.

In the System Properties box, click OK.

In the System Settings Change box, click Yes.

Wait while your virtual computer restarts. Log in as you did before.

Click the Start button on your virtual machine's desktop, right-click "My Computer", and click Properties.

Click the "Computer Name" tab. The "Full computer name:" should contain your name, as shown below.

Saving a Screen Image

You have now completed Project 1. The only thing that remains is to turn it in. To do that, you need to capture an image of the screen and email it to me.

Note the hand symbol on the image above: that indicates screen images that you must capture and turn in.

Click the taskbar at the bottom of your host Windows 7 desktop, to make the host machine listen to the keyboard, instead of the virtual machine.

Press the PrintScrn key in the upper-right portion of the keyboard. That will copy the whole desktop to the clipboard.


On the host machine, not the virtual machine, click Start.

Type mspaint into the Search box and press the Enter key.

Click in the untitled - Paint window, and press Ctrl+V on the keyboard. The desktop appears in the Paint window.

In the upper left corner of the "untitled - Paint" window, click the little blue square icon (it looks like a floppy disk, something people used to use long ago--you might never have seen one).

Save the document with the filename "YOUR NAME Proj 1", replacing "YOUR NAME" with your real name.

Email the image to me as an attachment to an e-mail message. Send it to: with a subject line of "Proj 1 From YOUR NAME", replacing "YOUR NAME" with your real name.

Send a Cc to yourself.

Shutting Down your Virtual Machine

In the VMware Player window, in the upper right corner, click the X. A box pops up, offering three choices, as shown below.

Suspend freezes your VM in its current state. This is usually the best choice.

Power Off is only for emergencies, when the guest operating system has crashed. It's the equivalent of pulling out the power plug on a real computer.

Click Suspend.

Last Modified: 6:36 am 1-17-2013