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I am trying to install Ubuntu Desktop (latest edition downloaded from their website) on my Windows 7 Virtual PC. The VM boots and I get to the install screen, however, when I press ENTER to begin the installation, the VM shutsdown.

I have an XP VM running fine on the same machine.

Am I missing something or UBUNTU is not supported?

I am running

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit AMD Phenom 9600QUAD Core 2300 X86-based PC 4 GB Memory

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32 or 64-bit version of Ubuntu? Win7 Virtual PC only supports 32-bit. –  Chris S Jun 28 '10 at 15:05
    
The chap has said he is using 32bit windows7! - I experienced the same issue, the issue is also apparnt when trying to use Fedora Core 13 - I would be very gratefull if someone has found a fix for this! –  James Jun 28 '10 at 15:09
    
The 32-bit version I am trying to install. –  Saif Khan Jun 28 '10 at 15:09
    
Why would someone vote to close?...where would I find a solution? I've exhausted all my leads before posting here. –  Saif Khan Jun 28 '10 at 15:11
    
I presume you've read through all the discussion on installing Ubuntu on Windows 7 Virtual PC at nemesisv.blogspot.com/2009/04/… –  kaerast Jun 28 '10 at 15:28

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Looks like some people have success and some don't. You can try (from here):

On the first screen, choose [English].
Press [F4] and select [Safe Graphics].
Press [F6], press [Escape].
From the command line:
Remove “quiet splash –”
replace ”vga=791 noreplace-paravirt” without the quotes.
Press [Enter] to start the installation.

From the Wikipedia entry on Windows Virtual PC

As of Windows Virtual PC, Linux guests are not officially supported. Linux additions are supported in Microsoft Virtual Server, and these additions should also work in Virtual PC.[35] Some Linux distributions must be installed in text mode, as Microsoft Virtual PC only emulates graphics at 16-bit or 32-bit color depth, not 24-bit.Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) must be installed in SafeMode, but does not require other changes.

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Is Virtual PC an absolute requirement? If not, use Oracle's brilliant (and free) VirtualBox.

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