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Windows 7: Make your Live system into a VHD


11 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64
 
 

OK, lots to learn, I see.

Thanks, Roger

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11 Oct 2009   #12

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
this is nice, but I'd guess that most of the time the converted VHD won't boot inside a virtual machine. After cloning the files to the virtual disk, it's quite often that registry and system files need to be tweaked in order to boot.

For example, dual core XP, will not boot inside a vm with a single virtual cpu.

We will soon release MyOldPCs converter, which converts live system to vmdk/vhd/vdi, and can boot via vmware/vpc/vbox/hyper-V, etc. More info can be found here:

MyOldPCs Overview
(website still work in progress)
Hi there

not wishing to disparage your efforts but that link must be about the most UNINFORMATIVE website I've EVER seen on what the product is, what it does, how it works etc etc.

I wouldn't publish any info saying website in progress -- who in their right minds would use a product on a PRODUCTION machine from website saying "Work / Website in Progress".

I'm all in favour of people developing stuff -- look how Google started but DON'T publish stuff before it's even remotely ready.

Cheers
jimbo
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11 Oct 2009   #13

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the feedback. We were not supposed to show the website yet. But the converter software is in high quality, has been tested to convert over 500 machines without any problems.
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11 Oct 2009   #14

 

No harm done - and I personally thank you for all your valuable input *and* all the hard work you and your team have put into making this a reality for folks that will find themselves needing to move on and yet needing to remain stagnant as well....
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11 Oct 2009   #15

windows 7
 
 

Thanks, John Will try to contribute here when I find free time
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12 Oct 2009   #16

 

Great news - in that case I am gonna sticky this thread so you (and the rest of us) won't lost it.
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13 Oct 2009   #17

windows 7
 
 

one thing to keep in mind, Microsoft Virtual PC (2007 and Windows 7 version) has a a limit of virtual disk size of 127G, so it's not the best virtual machine engine to use when coming to P2V, considering today's disk size can be easily over this limit. VirtualBox/VMLite/VMware/Hyper-V don't have this limitation.
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15 Oct 2009   #18

windows 7
 
 

For a real testcase that XP won't boot after disk2vhd, please refer to this thread:

Booting Xp VHD on XPM, not possible?
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15 Oct 2009   #19
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huisinro View Post
this is nice, but I'd guess that most of the time the converted VHD won't boot inside a virtual machine. After cloning the files to the virtual disk, it's quite often that registry and system files need to be tweaked in order to boot.

For example, dual core XP, will not boot inside a vm with a single virtual cpu.

We will soon release MyOldPCs converter, which converts live system to vmdk/vhd/vdi, and can boot via vmware/vpc/vbox/hyper-V, etc. More info can be found here:

MyOldPCs Overview
(website still work in progress)
"dual core XP" do you mean dual boot xp?

I have converted my system (dual boot of xp and Windows 7) to VHD using VMware Converter. When i boot to Windows 7, it's fine, but when i tried Xp, it doesn't. any idea why it works for Windows 7 and not Xp?
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15 Oct 2009   #20

windows 7
 
 

no, i mean xp with 2 cpus (dual core cpu)

As far as I know, all converters only tweak one partition, and leave the other partitions intact. In your case, if you run vmware converter when Windows 7 is running, the converter will try to modify the windows 7 partition, and leaves XP alone.

You can try to run the converter when booting from XP, most likely, then the Windows 7 won't boot.

Our converter fixes this issue, it will process all windows partitions, and tweak the registry, to make multiple boot system to boot.

We are very close to a test release, and you can test it soon.
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