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Sharing directories between Linux and XP
Since I want to make it easy for both my Linux and XP systems to get to the same files I also elect to share an existing Linux directory, my home documents directory, /home/user_name/Documents with my XP machine as its documents directory. Since I don't want to do this manually every time I start up my XP system I tell it to automount the directory.
Now that I'm done setting up my new XP VM's new home, I'm finally ready to actually install XP. To do this, I go back to VirtualBox's master menu and hit the Start button. This prompts me to tell me where the XP installation disc can be found. In my case it's going to be off my DVD drive.
I then hit the next button and I'll soon be at a place that anyone who's installed XP over the years will recognize at a glance. The XP Setup screen.