On Fedora 13 (virt-manager 0.8.4) I am unable to install Windows XP and Windows 7 using KVM.
XP: boots into text installer and hangs on "Setup is starting Windows"
7: hangs on graphical "Starting Windows..."
The host system has a Core 2 Duo T7250 CPU. Both OS installed and worked perfectly using virt-manager on Fedora 12 on this machine.
I think this might have been related to CPU model defaults we were using in virtinst, a change that has now been reverted. Are you still seeing the issue? If so, please reopen the bug with the output of virt-manager --debug (or virt-install --debug).
Tested using python-virtinst-0.500.4-1.fc13 and virt-manager-0.8.4-2.fc13.noarch. Installation seems to complete successfully, but on first boot I get:
Booting from Hard Disk...
A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
Reopening, will do a --debug installation now and attach the log, not sure if that will show the problem though
Created attachment 442162 [details]
Re-run the installation of XP SP3. The setup process was successful.
This portion of the Setup has completed successfully.
If there is a floppy disk in drive A:, remove it.
To restart your computer, press ENTER.
When your computer restarts, Setup will continue.
...but instead, it shows the error posted above.
Here's the log.
Now you are hitting a QEMU bug :(
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 579348 ***