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I suppose you could... but I doubt it'd work well, if at all. If you use the 'custom' option when creating a new virtual machine, you get the option of using an actual partition (it should help speed up read/write). If you specifiy your Win2k partition then it may work. However, and this is a big however, the hardware detected and the drivers installed on your 2k setup will be very different to the ones required to run under VMWare... don't forget that VMWare doesn't just 'run software' it creates a whole new computer, bios and hardware included. This is why I doubt that it'd work. If you have nothing to lose, then go for it and let us know how you get on. If you have plenty to lose, then don't.
To the same effect, I made a copy of my windows xp installation (which was on a seperate drive anyway) then put up vmware on my rh9 install, then set up vmware with the copy of windows xp. And, it worked, a little bit slow, and of course the xp registration thing too... I just wanted to see if it worked and it did for me .
Ive been trying to run Win2k on VMWare Workstation 4.0.5 build 6030 for Linux
My linux distro is Fedora Core 1, and i already have a win2k partition, NTFS file system
When i try and run a virtual machine using my physical windows partition, All that happens is that the word GRUB(my bootloader) appears on the screen, and then I get an error saying that "VM attempting to execute in undefined memory." how can I fix this?
Ps. i already have patched my kernel to read the NTFS file system
The trick is, I think, that when I did with with windows xp, windows xp was on a seperate hard drive, not just a seperate partition, and there was no grub on that drive... I think it doesn't work on the same drive because vmware tries to lock the device, which causes all sorts of problems, maybe? Either that or you have too much memory set, I'm not too sure, but probably it's because the partition is on the drive you are already running off of...
Thanks for the help, but ive already solved that problem, I gave my win2k virtual machine access to my entire harddrive, not just its partition, so it read the MBR and i got grub to load just fine,
My problem now is that when I try to start Windows from Grub, it begins loading windows, and then i get a blue screen of death saying that the "Boot_Media_is_Inaccessable" or something to that effect...so now im stuck there instead.