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Old 09-14-2003, 06:49 PM   #1
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VMware on rh9, trying to use windows partition...

I installed a rh9 distro on my laptop for a dual boot with WinXP home. I downloaded and installed VMware workstation onto RH9 and now I want to see if I can use VMware to see my Windows partition (its mounted in /mnt/Windows from /dev/hda1) so that I can run all of my normal windows apps from inside linux. Is this possible? Thanks!

Old 09-15-2003, 02:41 AM   #2
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VMware works by emulating an entire PC on top of the current OS (it even emulates a BIOS). Because of this, Windows running inside VMWare sees only what Linux sees. RedHat hasn't included support for viewing an NTFS partition (XP's file system), but you can install a kernel module available from This should allow you to view, but not write to, your Windows XP NTFS partition.
Old 09-15-2003, 09:02 AM   #3
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my windows partition is formatted with fat32, that's the reason I can access my media files from linux, I just want to know if I can run windows through any kind of special software within linux


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