VMWare - existing XP Drive

sdavmor sdavmor at systemstheory.net
Thu Nov 15 22:40:54 UTC 2007

NoOp wrote:
> I finally got enough memory for the 2.4Ghz machine and now have 1.2Gb of
> mem in it. The machine has two 40Gb hard drives: Ubuntu on 1, WinXPPro
> on the other. I use the WinXPPro for troubleshooting & testing.
> This works well in a dual-boot config, but can be a PITA when I'm
> troubleshooting multiple customers (one linux, the other windows) at the
> same time. So, I'm thinking of giving this a try:
> http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_disk_dualboot.html
> [Configuring a Dual-Boot Computer for Use with a Virtual Machine
> Many users install VMware Workstation on a dual-boot or multiple-boot
> computer so they can run one or more of the existing operating systems
> in a virtual machine. If you are doing this, you may want to use the
> existing installation of an operating system rather than reinstall it in
> a virtual machine. ]
> Question:
> Anyone try/use this & if so what problems (in general) have you run into
> if any?
> Note: I still wish to retain my current Grub & ability to dual-boot.
> I'll also probably reduce the memory down to 1Gb so that it will run
> dual-channel vs running in single-channel mode with the extra 256Mb chip
> I have in it now.

I'm also interested in this, though I'm just as interested in complete 
virtualization since I have acquired a very fast machine (AMD 3800+ 
processor) with plenty of ram to spare.

In my case there's really only one application that keeps me tied down 
to WinXP, and it will run on Win2K (ACID Pro, which is tied to .NET). 
So using VMWare, or Virtualbox, or {other} VM environment for the one 
thing I can't yet do effectively (at all actually) using Linux.
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