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Windows 7: how to make Virtualization for entire XP computer

01 Jul 2014   #1
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
how to make Virtualization for entire XP computer

i have an XP computer that has some software that only run in window XP,
how can i make Virtualization from the entire pc and in any case the computer fails , i can run the Virtualization from a different pc AND use the whole software.
hope my question is clear


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01 Jul 2014   #2
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

You could make a VHD and boot that natively on any PC with 7 (Ultimate) or 8 Pro using Hyper-V. Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

If you want to convert your existing XP PC to VHD then you can use the SysInternals Disk2VHD utility http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../ee656415.aspx

Hope this helps some
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01 Jul 2014   #3
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the reply
u mean by using Disk2VHD , i can make virtual machine form my whole windows xp including all the programs that are running in the pc,
can i use this virtual machine in w7 home or it needs to be ultimate and higher
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01 Jul 2014   #4
Kari

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The VHD files that Disk2VHD creates are designed to run on Windows Virtual PC, which can be downloaded and installed on all Windows 7 versions except Starter edition. Free download: Download Windows Virtual PC from Official Microsoft Download Center

The VHD should also run on Oracle Virtualbox: https://www.virtualbox.org/

Kari
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01 Jul 2014   #5
nuflia

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

THanks Kari,
to make it simple ,
Windows Virtual PC software from Microsoft can be used to make virtual machine from my entire PC using Disk2VHD
so the entire PC including all software can run as virtual machine under w7 or w8
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01 Jul 2014   #6
Kari

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Yes. Using Disk2VHD, I have even virtualized a Windows XP Pro SP3 with lot of programs running on a VirtualBox virtual machine, then moved the VHD to another computer to be run on Virtual PC which in its turn runs on a Windows 7 virtual machine running on Windows 8 .
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01 Jul 2014   #7
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Yes. Use Disk2VHD to make a VHD. That will copy all your programs, data and the XP OS to a file called XPcomputer.vhd or similar.

On Windows 7 you can use Virtual PC as Kari says to run it.

On windows 8 your would have to use Hyper-V as the MS option as Virtual PC is not supported I believe.

On either 7 or 8 (or Linux) Virtualbox would work.
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01 Jul 2014   #8
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adamf View Post
On windows 8 your would have to use Hyper-V as the MS option as Virtual PC is not supported I believe.
Just a fun fact, I run Virtual PC and XP Mode on a Windows 7 Professional vm running on Hyper-V in Windows 8 Pro, and have tested the Disk2VHD created XP vm in the same Windows 7 Hyper-V vm in Virtual PC as I told in my previous post.

This is of course totally trivial information but it tells how flexible virtualization tools today are.
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01 Jul 2014   #9
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Just a fun fact, I run Virtual PC and XP Mode on a Windows 7 Professional vm running on Hyper-V in Windows 8 Pro, and have tested the Disk2VHD created XP vm in the same Windows 7 Hyper-V vm in Virtual PC as I told in my previous post.
I'll have to think about that for a while - the combinations give me a slight headache

I'd like to make Hyper-V server (the free one) work but it is too limited really for me - no wifi, bluetooth or anything.
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01 Jul 2014   #10
Kari

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This goes really off topic but:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adamf View Post
I'd like to make Hyper-V server (the free one) work but it is too limited really for me - no wifi, bluetooth or anything.
I do not use the built-in Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection to run my virtual machines, except if the virtual machine can be created as Generation 2 vm.

Instead I connect to virtual machines using RDP. This allows the vm to use host devices, including for instance an external WiFi USB dongle, Bluetooth and so on.
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