And we’re back to windows

And back to Win 7

Well not really – but I have your attention now… So in my last post, I talked about moving my home computer from Win 7 to Linux Mint KDE. That went ok for the most part other than some minor issues.

Fast-forward a day and I hit my first user issue :)… wife’s workplace has some video content that is distributed as DRM protected swf files that wil play only through a player called HaiHaiSoft player!


  1. Boot into windows – painful and slow and kills everyone’s else session.
  2. Wine – Thought it’d be worth a try – installed Wine and dependencies through Synaptic. As expected, it would’nt run haiHaiSoft player – crashed aat launch.
  3. Virtualization: so the final option was a VM through virtualbox. Installed Virtualbox and its dependencies (dkms, guest additions etc) and brought out my Win 7 install disk from cold storage.

Virtualbox and Windows VM installation

Went through installation and got Windows up and running. Once I got the OS installed, also installed guest additions and it runs surprisingly well. I’d only used Virtualbox for a linux guest from a Windows host before so it was a nice change to see how it worked the other way around.

Anyway, once the VM was installed, downloaded and installed the player and put a shortcut to virtualbox on the desktop. Problem solved!