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Windows 7: Make sys image files able to run in VirtualBox


16 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Make sys image files able to run in VirtualBox

OK, In Windows 7's security options, you can make a System Image, so when I got my computer, I made a system image for back up. Is there any way I can use these files to run Windows 7 in like Virtual PC or VirtualBox, etc.? Please let me know.


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16 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Theoretically it should be possible...

Get your Windows Installation Disk, insert it and boot off of it inside the VM. Use it to Restore the System using your system image.

Restore your computer from a system image backup
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16 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The problem you run into is that vBox is considered another system by the EULA. I think you would have problems activating it.
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16 Apr 2010   #4

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

The rare valid point!
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16 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
The rare valid point!
What is "rare" about it?
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16 Apr 2010   #6

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
The rare valid point!
What is "rare" about it?
It's just a saying, don't worry about it
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16 Apr 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't worry at all. But you guys have rare sayings. I discover some new ones all the time.
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17 Apr 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I have always my latest system image mounted to a virtual machine as a second hard drive, to be able to exract files whenever I need to. This tutorial shows how to that, you can use the same principle to mount an image as a main hd in Virtual PC or VirtualBox machine.

However, Whs had a good point: you need to have a licence to use the same Seven installation (= image) on a separate (virtual) machine. That's also the reason I'm mounting the image as a second HD, not as a system drive.

Kari
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