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PlayStation Development Network - PSXDEV Windows XP Virtual Machine

Revision 1.1

This tutorial will show you how to setup and get Windows XP (32-bit) running as a virtual machine on your system for easy PlayStation 1 development.

First off, make a new folder under 'C:\psyq\' called 'vpc'.

Secondly, download the ready to go virtual pc hard disk image below (three parts of ~650MB), and save it into the 'C:\psyq\vpc' folder.

NOTE: There is a mistake in the Psy-Q INI file under C:\psyq\bin.
You need to change the linker path to C:\psyq\bin and not C:\psyq\psx!
Do this after following the tutorial. This will be fixed in Revision 1.2.


Once you have done that, extract the file 'PSXDEV-HDD.vhd' from the archive into the working directory ('C:\psyq\vpc'). It is recommended to use 7Zip to extract the HDD image, as some decompression programs may not work correctly and might result in extraction error(s).

NOTE: Please be very patient as the extraction process will take several minutes to complete.

The next thing you have to do is download Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007. You can do that by clicking the link below (a new window will open directing you to Microsoft's official website where you may download the 32-bit or 64-bit version).


Once downloaded, begin the installation process for it.

After the install has successfully completed, click on the 'New...' button as seen in the image below.

Click 'Next', followed by 'Create a virtual machine' followed by clicking 'Browse'.

After clicking on the 'Browse' button (seen in the above image), locate your working directory ('C:\psyq\vpc') and save the file as 'PSXDEV' (PSXDEV.VPC). Once done, click 'Next' to proceed.

Now, simply select from the drop down list 'Windows XP'. The setup will automatically set the recommended RAM amount and sound card emulation for the time being.

Once done, click 'Next' to proceed.

NOTE: You will now be asked to adjust the RAM amount (seen in the image below). Adjust it as you would like, but the default amount (128 MB) is just fine for compiling and programming on.

Select 'Using the recommended RAM' and click 'Next'.

Now click to select and use 'An existing virtual hard disk', followed by 'Next' again.

Click on 'Browse' to find an existing virtual machine hard disk drive. Navigate to your working directory and select the file (PSXDEV-HDD.vhd) that was extracted from ''.

Once done, click 'Next' followed by 'Finish'.

Congratulations! You may now simply click on 'Start' (as seen blanked out in the first image) to boot up into Windows XP, pre-configured and ready to go for PlayStation 1 Development.

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