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Windows 7: Offline - Drivers or Device Manager View

12 Jul 2010   #11
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
You could try Disk2vhd, to make a vhd from that disk. Then it's easy to mount it to Virtual PC, or if the image is above VPC's maximum vhd size 127 GB, to VirtualBox or VMWare.

One problem that I can think of here is that when mounting that as a boot device on a virtual machine, some of the devices are changed to emulated virtual devices.

Kari
80gig drive and it is not full. Now we are getting somewhere.


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12 Jul 2010   #12
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
You could try Disk2vhd, to make a vhd from that disk. Then it's easy to mount it to Virtual PC, or if the image is above VPC's maximum vhd size 127 GB, to VirtualBox or VMWare.

One problem that I can think of here is that when mounting that as a boot device on a virtual machine, some of the devices are changed to emulated virtual devices.

Kari
80gig drive and it is not full. Now we are getting somewhere.
Looking at Disk2VHD now. It looks like you will have to make a VHD of the System Reserved partition too, otherwise it won't boot (I would guess)
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12 Jul 2010   #13
Kari

 

I most definitely think it's worth a shot.
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12 Jul 2010   #14
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Ok, I am making a backup image of the drive, just in case before I do anything. I am hopeful that this will work.

@severedsolo, if your testing comes up with anything let me know.
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12 Jul 2010   #15
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

DAMN! Well it successfully made the VHD. I also managed to get it into a VM, I made a VHD of my System Reserved partition and my C:\ Partition. But I can't boot it in a VM because I don't have Hardware Virtualization. so Virtual PC will only boot 32 bit OS's

you dont have your CPU listed in your system specs, so I can't say if you have Hyper-V (or whatever its called) or not, your mileage may vary. Also it obviously depends whether its 64 bit windows your booting.
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12 Jul 2010   #16
Kari

 

WindowsStar, if it is an X64 system, both VirtualBox and VMWare can run x64 guests.
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12 Jul 2010   #17
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
DAMN! Well it successfully made the VHD. I also managed to get it into a VM, I made a VHD of my System Reserved partition and my C:\ Partition. But I can't boot it in a VM because I don't have Hardware Virtualization. so Virtual PC will only boot 32 bit OS's

you dont have your CPU listed in your system specs, so I can't say if you have Hyper-V (or whatever its called) or not, your mileage may vary. Also it obviously depends whether its 64 bit windows your booting.
Thanks for the extra work. I will not be using my PC for this I am using a PC on the bench. I will make sure I am using one with VM hardware. I have a Dell 780 on the bench it is only 7 weeks old, it should work.

Windows 7 64bit is the off-line hard drive. I will be using Windows 7 64bit as the running machine on a Dell 780.
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12 Jul 2010   #18
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I see no reason why it won't work then Not really extra work, I was curious about whether it would work as well Let me know how you get on.
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12 Jul 2010   #19
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

I like these puzzles; this is why I got into computers in the first place. When I have a new challenge like this I am so happy just like a kid with a new toy.
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12 Jul 2010   #20
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Windows 7 64bit is the off-line hard drive. I will be using Windows 7 64bit as the running machine on a Dell 780.
I think that the free VMWare player can not run x64 hosts, for that you'll need VMWare Server, so install the latest Oracle VirtualBox and mount it there. VirtualBox can use vhd format, it doesn't have to be VirtualBox's own vdi format.

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