[ubuntu-uk] Image Windows Drive into a VM

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Wed May 20 14:22:35 BST 2009

2009/5/20 Tim Dobson <lists at tdobson.net>:
> Michael Holloway wrote:
>> Recently, I spent a lot of time trying to find a decent (easy) way to do
>> it, and VMWare's P2V (free) is by far the easiest.
> I'll take a look at it.
>> Other ways are painfully slow(er) and complicated.
> hmmm.
>> It worked fine fir Vista64, but for use in VMWare server/workstation.
>> You can probably use qemu to convert the disk to Virtualbox.
> That's what I was thinking. I have a feeling virtualbox supports the
> vmware HD format :-/ I'm fairly sure qemu does.

IIRC, yes to both feelings. qemu definitely does.

>> Bad news, windows needs reactivation. Good luck with that.
> Ah yes, this did occur to me. Sounds like a complete nightmare. :-/
> Still probably the best solution. My boss's laptop is blue screening on
> average twice a day, which obviously, isn't good.
> Really, if I can get him off Vista on a day to day basis, I  suspect
> that the whole angle the business will take will start to change.
> Thanks for the advice everyone!

Clonezilla should also do this, for a free & libre solution.

Take a backup of the physical partition, and restore it into a VM.


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