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Windows 7: Creating a VHD from existing data?

05 Jul 2009   #1
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 
Creating a VHD from existing data?

I want to move my previous XP install to a vhd. Is that possible?

I have a fresh install inside of XP mode, but I'm not liking xp mode at all. I started messing with Virtual box and I'm liking it more, I'll probably be using that instead.

Is there a way to backup an XP install into a vhd and then run it through a virtual machine?


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05 Jul 2009   #2
septprince

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
I want to move my previous XP install to a vhd. Is that possible?

I have a fresh install inside of XP mode, but I'm not liking xp mode at all. I started messing with Virtual box and I'm liking it more, I'll probably be using that instead.

Is there a way to backup an XP install into a vhd and then run it through a virtual machine?

Yes you can back up xp to a Vhd by using tools like Norton ghost software.

It should run in virtual machine on the same computer over another host os like windows 7. But i don`t know for sure.
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05 Jul 2009   #3
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

I have mentioned it before but still have not got around to trying this. Windows 7 full system backup creates a vhd so you could do a back up of the XP partition and boot from that or use it in virtual box. Anyone game to try it?.
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05 Jul 2009   #4
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

I didn't think of using the backup inside of windows to do it. What I tried earlier was creating a .vhd through windows 7 disk management, copy over everything manually. I then tried to boot the xp inside of virtual box, but I got a bunch of booting errors. I then tried to do a repair install inside the virtual machine, that got me as far as the log in screen. Froze there. Then I was just getting errors from Virtualbox.

I'll try the backup method tomm, and see I i can track down a free ghosting software.
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05 Jul 2009   #5
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

there is a option to to redeploy winxp so that it does not should not give these errors...
How to use the Sysprep tool to automate successful deployment of Windows XP
and how to use ghost and sysprep to clone it...
http://blog.hishamrana.com/2006/02/2...st-and-sysprep
this is the link to use sysprep to rebuild it...
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