VMWare - existing XP Drive

Hugo Heden hugoheden at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 23:40:40 UTC 2007

On Nov 15, 2007 11:13 PM, NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net> 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. ]


Thanks for that link!

I just started googling today for the exact same issue: Virtualizing
on a existing Windows installation, while keeping the dual boot

> Question:
> Anyone try/use this & if so what problems (in general) have you run into
> if any?

You could take a look at:


and especially the work-around regarding "Windows activation" it is linking to:


Let us know how it goes for you!

Best regards

Hugo Heden

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