Help, I need a Windows VM for my work

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Aug 10 14:30:27 UTC 2021

Hi Didier,

there was no script attached, maybe the listmanager removed ist :-(. Can you 
send me the script also please?

I was also experimenting with Qemu and Windows during the last weeks and had 
a Win 10 pro running, but sometimes the VM was to slow to have a good 
working expirience :-(. I am using a Dell XPS 13 laptop with 16 GB memory 
and a Intell I7 cpu with 1,9 GHz. I was using the virtio drivers for Windows 
to speed up things as much as possible and I also deactivated as many 
unnecessary things in the Windows VM, but especialy with much disk I/O 
everything was not snappy enough to work :-(.

When running Windows as the host system and using VMware to virtualize linux 
guests I do not have those problems.

How are your and also others experiences with virtualized Windows systems on 
Linux hosts? Are the systems fast enough to work smoothly or do you also 
those kind of problems? What settings have you changed in the Windows guest 
to have a system which is fast enough and what Qemu parameters do you use 
especialy for the hardsisk image?

Cheers and thanks,


On Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 03:59:59PM +0200, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>Hi again Brandt,
>The script is attached
>Intructions for use:
>1. Create a directory ~/qemu
>Assuming that your username is brandt; hust type to do that:
>mkdir /home/brandt/qemu
>or just:
>mkdir ~/qemu
>As a reminder, ~ stands for /home/<username>
>In my case /usr/didier, in yours I assume /home/brandt
>but anyway the output of this command will tell you:
>echo ~
>2. move the Windows ISO file in ~/qemu,  renamed ~/qemu/win windows.iso
>For instance her I did this:
>3. Download the script and store it somewhere
>Change to the directory where it is installed and run it like this:
>Then press Enter.
>Press  Enter again after 5 seconds to make sure it starts the Windows
>Wait patiently until the installer displays its first screen in the VM.
>You need to be in a graphical environment like Mate.
>If the VM steals the focus, type Ctrl+Alt+G to get it back on the host.
>After Windows installation, running the script should start Windows directly
>the VM.
>Le 10/08/2021 à 15:06, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
>> Hi Brandt,
>> I will attach to my next message a script that sets up a qemu VM
>> allowing to install then run Windows later today after more testing.
>> It should be usable in any Linux distribution with a recent qemu installed.
>> Cheers,
>> Didier
>> Le 10/08/2021 à 12:55, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
>> > Hi all,
>> > 
>> > 
>> > As I stated before, I am running Slint on the bare metal, however my
>> > work entails teaching NVDA to clients, obviously running Windows.
>> > 
>> > 
>> > Therefor I desperately need a Windows VM, so I can make a living. I
>> > cannot figure qemu, virtual-box, I have no idea, and VMWare
>> > Workstation Player doesn't want to install under Slint.
>> > 
>> > 
>> > Could someone please, please, give me concise instructions for
>> > setting up a VM using qemu in Slint?
>> > 
>> > 
>> > Warm regards,
>> > 
>> > 
>> > Brandt Steenkamp
>> > 
>> > 
>> > Sent from my gass powered Slint hair dryer.

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