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Windows 7: How can I reinstall VirtualXP to use existing Virtual Hard Drives?

06 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
How can I reinstall VirtualXP to use existing Virtual Hard Drives?

My Windows 7 Pro x64 has twice had to be completely reinstalled after serious faults. Each time before the crash Virtual XP had been installed and had created its own VHD.
  • Both VHDs have been preserved, but the Virtual machine(s) have apparently disappeared.
  • On each Windows 7 reinstallation, the important folders from the previous version were saved in a Windows.Old folder.

I now want to reinstall VirtualXP and choose one of the old VHDs rather than create yet another one. What is the easiest and fastest way to do that?


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18 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

You could rescue the VHD files in separate folders and then open them in VMware Player: Run Windows 8, Chrome OS on a Virtual PC
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18 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Sounds a good idea as I have already rescued previous VHDs.

But I already have a new VirtualXP that I created while waiting for an answer to my query. If I use VMWare Player also, would I need to get/install an additional version of XP or WindowsXP?
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18 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

No, you can import them directly into the VMware player
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