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Windows 7: Creating vmware VM from "Xp mode" VM in W7


05 May 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Creating vmware VM from "Xp mode" VM in W7

Hi all

You can create a VM that works under vmware from the XP image loaded in the "XP Compatability mode" if you have Acronis True image.

The advantage of this is that you don't need to get a separate XP license to create "Multiple" XP machines. Once you've got a vmware machine you can "Clone them" etc and add to your "Vm Team" of machines.

1) Logon to your Virtual machine and create a backup using acronis true image

2) Download from the vmware site the vmware stand alone converter

3) run it and select "Convert 3rd party / backup image" Virtual machine
select youe *.tib acronis file.

4) after about 5 mins its ready - open it in vmware and logon

Voila -- however Windows will need activating -- you still get 30 days plus all the slmgr -rearm options . I haven't tried activating yet but will attempt that later -- you need to install Vmware tools on the new guest to enable decent video / sound / network adapters.

Note also you get a warning that you need to also copy the deployment tool (microsoft) to the conversion folder -- you only need that if the hardware is hugely different -- for this exercise it can be ignored since the "virtual hardware" is very similar. Also you are onlydoing a V2V conversion not V2P or P2V.

Have fun and enjoy.

Will post later if the activation actually works. It DOES however pass Windows gENUINE VALIDATION TEST.

enc image. xp virtual machine running under vmware cloned from "XP compatability mode".

Cheers
jimbo




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03 Aug 2009   #2

Win7 7264x64
 
 

Hey Jimbo!

Did activation work?

Cheers

Aaron
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19 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

I assume activation worked?
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19 Aug 2009   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi all
Yes it does


cheers
jimbo
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22 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

I used Norton Ghost 9 (because that is what I bought long ago) and attempted this.
I followed all the steps and I had to edit the VM to add a NIC (NAT connection in order to activate it. NAT didnt work, so I used bridge and setup an IP (because on my real network you have to have an IP address, DHCP is disabled).

When I booted it up and tried to activate, it failed

Is there someway of getting internet access through the VM without having to add that NIC? I


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24 Aug 2009   #6
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Thank you for the info. Wish I had read this back when first posted would have save me some headaches.
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24 Aug 2009   #7

Win7
 
 

I just tried this and the VMWare converter didn't recognize the .tib file as valid. Any idea what's up?
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24 Aug 2009   #8

Win7
 
 

Ok I gave up on the image thing, instead I downloaded the converter and ran it from within XP mode, and created the vm from the live OS. That worked, but so far doesn't activate.
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