I want to develop an os on my desktop which is running vista x64. i currently develop my os on my laptop, but my laptop is almost never connected to the internet, so i have a hard time getting help with coding errors. I cannot use vfd because i for some reason get the error "virtual floppy drive cannot run on windows 95/98/me". Also, partcopy doesn't work on x64 systems (at least the one on this site doesn't, and i haven't found any other version that would work the same). So does anyone else know a way to compile and boot the tutorials on this website without partcopy or vfd?
What I did, if its possible for your setup, is created a 32 bit XP Virtual Machine. That Way I can use the DEBUG command as well as access my actual floppy, or a virtual one in VFD. I can also use the original PARTCOPY. If the machine is set up right(With the Microsoft Virtual PC software and VPC addons (The additional Drivers), you can copy files between the Virtual machine and the host).
I am using windows 8 to develop my own OS and I faced so many difficulties: here is what you can do.
download vfd for both 64 bit and previous version(32bit) that ran on windows xp. you need to digitally sign vfd drivers. To do so restart ur vista and try pressing F8 AFTER THAT you will get several options. from there choose disable driver sign now you will be able to install vfd.
but vfd will not allow you to create images. to do so you can use winimage or replace the .dll and .vsd files in your new 64 bit version with the files from previous versions(32bit vfd)
All in one solution: run xp in vmware. and then work on it !