virtualizing a Windoze install

David McGlone david at
Sun Jun 14 03:42:38 UTC 2009

On Saturday 13 June 2009 10:59:24 pm Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> On Saturday 13 June 2009 09:34:06 pm David McGlone wrote:
> > On Saturday 13 June 2009 10:27:55 pm Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> > > Ladies and Gents, I have Windoze Vista installed, on one laptop, and
> > > Windoze XP, on another.  I vaguely remember reading something about
> > > running that physical install as a virtualized guest in Linux
> > > (eliminating the need to dual boot).  I remember reading an article
> > > about the license key activation and how to avoid having to activate it
> > > each time you switched from running in a virtual session and a physical
> > > session.
> > > The question is, how?
> >
> > If I understand you correctly, your probably looking for VMware Free or
> > VirtualBox. Both work the same, but VMware Free is not open source I
> > believe.
> No, not necessarily a product, but a process.  How do I take a physical
> install and run it as a virtual guest in Linux.  Right now it's on a
> separate partition, and I'd like to run it as a guest in my Linux install
> to avoid ever having to boot to it again.  I'm not really concerned with
> what product does it, just that it does, and how do I do it.

I don't think you can. Every attempt I have made to run an already installed 
windows never worked. I have always had to use VMware and install a fresh copy 
of windows into VMware.

David M.

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