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Windows 7: Can i virtualise my existing XP install on W7


30 Sep 2009   #1
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
Can i virtualise my existing XP install on W7

Sorry if there is already a thread on this. I got Xp and Windows 7 dual-boot and wanted to know if it is possible to virtualise my existing Xp install?

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30 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

I would say no. I'm pretty sure the VM is going been see as totally different hardware, which means you would need a new license, because its not going to let you re-activate that XP. Its not worth paying for it, if you have Windows 7 Pro or Business because they come with XP Mode with a free license.
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30 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64, MAC, BT4, Vista x64, server 2003 ent (DC)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Sorry if there is already a thread on this. I got Xp and Windows 7 dual-boot and wanted to know if it is possible to virtualise my existing Xp install?
This can be done with VMware using the P2V method.

~Mike
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30 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP Support View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Sorry if there is already a thread on this. I got Xp and Windows 7 dual-boot and wanted to know if it is possible to virtualise my existing Xp install?
This can be done with VMware using the P2V method.

~Mike
Won't that require a new license though? Everytime I've used VMware to convert something whether a drive image or whatever, the virtual hardware is seen as a change and I cannot re-activate XP.
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01 Oct 2009   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP Support View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Sorry if there is already a thread on this. I got Xp and Windows 7 dual-boot and wanted to know if it is possible to virtualise my existing Xp install?
This can be done with VMware using the P2V method.

~Mike
Ive actually tried it and can't get it to work. Much like the issue you would get when you Ghost a HDD not from DOS but from inside the OS (you can't do it from within OS).

Btw, the vmware is the "vmware vcenter Converter Standalone"?
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01 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64, MAC, BT4, Vista x64, server 2003 ent (DC)
 
 

OK, VMware workstation will enable you to P2V your workstation, although its best to do it from another workstation on the same VLAN.

Yes you will need an O/S key to install, after all you are installing a fresh O/S although its in a shell its treated as a seperate O/S

~mike
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01 Oct 2009   #7
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP Support View Post
OK, VMware workstation will enable you to P2V your workstation, although its best to do it from another workstation on the same VLAN.

Yes you will need an O/S key to install, after all you are installing a fresh O/S although its in a shell its treated as a seperate O/S

~mike
I don't want to install a fresh OS, i wanted to virtualise my existing Xp install as said in topic heading. Why i want to do this? Work related, some apps still are not compatible with Windows 7.
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02 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64, MAC, BT4, Vista x64, server 2003 ent (DC)
 
 

So, yes if you have a workstation already mounted there is no reason why you cannot P2V it, its just better running your VMclient or server from another workstation and P2V across the LAN

~Mike
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03 Oct 2009   #9
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Can you explain more what needs to be done
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03 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

he wants to take his existing xp partition and use that from within windows 7's xp mode. personally i'm not sure if this is possible but i'd imagine it is because thats more or less what was intended with xp mode. you may have to wait a little bit for a tutorial but i'm sure someone much smarter than myself will figure this out quickly.
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