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Old 09-25-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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I currently have a windows XP system and I am going to add a hard drive, then install linux on it. Is it possible to get virtualisation software in which, while running linux, I could boot up XP from within it, just like a normal virtual OS running in something like virtualbox

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Old 09-25-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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Yes, there are many programs like VirtualBox for linux (vmware, qemu, bochs), and there's also VirtualBox, which works natively in linux. You can also look into kvm.
 
Old 09-26-2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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I don't think I was very clear. I have used virtualbox before, however what I would like to do (it may not be possible) is to run virtualisation without creating a new OS image, but using a current installation of windows on the computer which is currently set up as the main operating system.

I will be installing a new hard drive, then installing linux to dual-boot, however I would much prefer to be able to get the previous windows installation via virtualisation rather than rebooting.

This may not be possible, just a shot it in the dark

Thanks, Richard
 
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I don't think I was very clear. I have used virtualbox before, however what I would like to do (it may not be possible) is to run virtualisation without creating a new OS image, but using a current installation of windows on the computer which is currently set up as the main operating system.

I will be installing a new hard drive, then installing linux to dual-boot, however I would much prefer to be able to get the previous windows installation via virtualisation rather than rebooting.

This may not be possible, just a shot it in the dark

Thanks, Richard
 
Old 09-26-2009, 01:40 AM   #5
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Thankyou

I don't think I was very clear. I have used virtualbox before, however what I would like to do (it may not be possible) is to run virtualisation without creating a new OS image, but using a current installation of windows on the computer which is currently set up as the main operating system.

I will be installing a new hard drive, then installing linux to dual-boot, however I would much prefer to be able to get the previous windows installation via virtualisation rather than rebooting.

This may not be possible, just a shot it in the dark

Thanks, Richard
What you are suggesting is dangerous to your Windows installation. Also, if the Windows installation is XP or newer, it won't run in the VM (because it will detect the different BIOS used by the VM and will think it has been copied from one machine to another).

Typically, if you specify a real Windows installation partition to a VM, then boot the VM using the Windows image, the Windows OS will flag itself as having been copied and will refuse to run until it has been revalidated with Microsoft regardless of how you subsequently boot it.

If this behavior doesn't make sense to you, remember -- Windows isn't supposed to make sense, it's supposed to make money. The basic purpose of Windows is to serve Microsoft and its stockholders. You are not on Microsoft's list of priorities.
 
  


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