[ubuntu-uk] Ending Dual-Boot: XP partiton question

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 22:51:34 UTC 2014

On 12 March 2014 19:42, SuperEngineer <boosys at gmail.com> wrote:

> As an aside [& to continue with the original mail....]
> I have just finished a build of my own desktop pc [started with a
> Zoostorm cheapo and replaced/added/donated some parts from old pc - an
> ageing Dell Dimension].
> The original XP partition is now on the my sda as sda1.
> No surprise, but XP won't boot -failing at a "Windows failed to start"
> blue screen with "this may be because you have installed...].  I am not
> surprised as most of the machine is different [but I am surprised that
> it didn't at least boot to the "Oi you! this is not the same machine!
> message followed by option to re-validate].
> The question I have is: would it be possible to run that XP partition on
> a VM?  I normally use VirtuaBox - but have no idea if it can load an XP
> [ntfs] partition rather than loading a cd or live cd tro a VirtualBox
> VM?  ...and would it be a waste of time trying simply to end up with the
> same result as booting it direct from GRUB.
> It would be nice to have a Win load - but don't won't to splash out on a
> new Windows system I don't fully want - I want a Linux [Ubuntu] pooter
> than can, if needed, use the existing WinXP install [which I will be
> internet disabling in April anyway].
> Thanks in anticipation.
> --
> Bill B. [SuperEngineer]
Here's a method from Virtualbox themselves:
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Migrate_Windows, but from experience it's
not that easy even when virtualising on the same hardware.


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