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Windows 7: Run vista on vmware

25 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
Run vista on vmware

I have a vista PC and all my software discs were stolen. I want to upgrade to win 7 but keep my vista drive intact to run in a virtual environment. I intend to keep the vista hard drive and run it on a win 7 machine in a virtual environment. Can I run an external drive with pre installed vista in a virtual machine on windows 7 or is an actual vista instillation required. Has any body tried this.


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25 Jun 2011   #2
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Welcome aboard, computaquark

I know that MVWare vCenter Converter can convert a physical windows installation to a virtual machine, but never tried that .
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25 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

I will look into vmWare vCenter. I actually meant a full install of win 7 and not an upgrade. A new pc with win 7 and the ability to run my vista from a separate hard drive but in a virtual machine on win 7. Saves dual booting etc.
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25 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computaquark View Post
I have a vista PC and all my software discs were stolen. I want to upgrade to win 7 but keep my vista drive intact to run in a virtual environment. I intend to keep the vista hard drive and run it on a win 7 machine in a virtual environment. Can I run an external drive with pre installed vista in a virtual machine on windows 7 or is an actual vista instillation required. Has any body tried this.
Okay, you want Windows 7, but your software is all in Vista so anything you want to do you'd have to do in a VM? This doesn't make ANY sense at all. Just stay with Vista until you can afford to replace the missing software.
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25 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Its a lot of expensive software that is the issue I am considering lap link that claims to able transfer all vista programs to win 7 even from an image without overwriting win 7, anybody tried it yet.
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