So I recently installed Windows 8 Professional on my computer and today I enabled Hyper-V with the intention of creating a Windows XP virtual machine.

I created the virtual machine with standard settings but I selected "Image file (.iso)" at the "Install operating system from a boot CD/DVD-ROM" screen. I pointed to my Windows XP ISO image and completed the wizard.

After that I connected to the newly created virtual machine and started it but instead of a Windows XP installation setup it showed this message: "Boot failure. Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device".

I tried other variations of settings. Tried mounting the image in Windows 8 and capturing it in the virtual machine but it still didn't work.

Does anybody have any idea about this?

Thank you!

  • Is it a proper bootable XP Pro ISO, preferably x86 version with SP3?
    – Karan
    Nov 25, 2012 at 0:19
  • I downloaded it from MSDN so I suppose it's a good image. It is x86 with SP3, yes.
    – Leif Lazar
    Nov 25, 2012 at 0:47
  • Have you tried creating a new VM without that option and later loading the ISO to see if it boots and starts Setup?
    – Karan
    Nov 25, 2012 at 1:02
  • Yes, tried that too.
    – Leif Lazar
    Nov 25, 2012 at 1:16
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    Hi, I solved this one. Apparently there was something wrong with the Windows XP ISO image. I don't know what that was because it booted just fine on the physical pc. Anyway, I downloaded another image from MSDN and that one worked just fine with Hyper-V. Thank you for the help @Karan!
    – Leif Lazar
    Nov 26, 2012 at 23:16

1 Answer 1


Make sure that you downloaded the actual operating system image from MSDN (Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3), not just the service pack (Windows XP Service Pack 3 - CD).

Seems like when you search MSDN for Windows XP .iso, this service pack download pops up first in the list of results.

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