A crazy snowstorm, a client meeting I needed to run from home. At 8:30pm the night before I realized I had almost everything but a windows virtual machine.
This was for a software company that runs on windows. I don’t have a laptop with windows and only had the training manual I was working through and the links to download the test database and software.
I wanted to make sure I could get it to work before morning just in case I couldn’t get to the db. That’s where are my real learning takes place. So I try to install Internet Explorer or Edge. IE is unsupported and Edge isn’t available yet.
You would think it would be easier to set up a Windows virtual machine, I hear people talk about running them on Macs all the time.
Next I pulled my old laptop to try to get it to work on there. Hurrah it sees the program. BUT when you try to download I realize it’s a .exe file (duh!!) and it won’t work anyway. Not to worry that took about 20 mins to realize it was a failure.
Since I love a good challenge (and I really hate driving in the snow) I started to research a way to get Windows on my laptop. I know that it’s been mentioned before.
As always your first attempt is a disaster. I downloaded an application that needed a disk image to create the OS inside a virtual machine. This was so confusing and when I followed the tutorial I noticed that the file ext that the app needed was totally different from anything in my extracted file folders. Arrgghh!
One more time…
Here we go to attempt two. Now it’s getting late. I wanted to back up my computer before I tried my final option. If this doesn’t work I’m heading into the storm.
I did some more research and wanted to try a trial of a paid software to see if I had better luck. VMWare was one of the top results so I looked there. The version I’m running is $80 for the cheapest version.
Then you need to install Windows. I took the time to research the file extension so I would be able to upload with no issues (hopefully!). Thankfully I was taken to Microsoft directly to download. I downloaded the 32 and 64 bit versions just in case. I started with 32 and the install seemed to fail.
All I saw was a spinning circle of dots. I think if I had waited a little longer (or maybe not) it would have worked but when I suspended the virtual session and reloaded the Blue windows install loaded and completed.
Just a note: YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR A PRODUCT CODE! When I searched you could find places where Windows Pro was $26 so in my opinion being able to set up a Windows OS for $100 is a pretty good deal.
RESULTS: Everything is working great. The only hitch is if I want to keep this setup. I might instead of carrying 2 laptops around with me.