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I need to convert a physical Windows 98 laptop to a virtual machine. I need to do this because I need to migrate an old application which still is used, and cannot run natively on Windows 7.

Any ideas on how to proceed with the conversion please?

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What hypervisor are you going to run this on? –  Hyppy May 11 '11 at 14:27
    
I am not bound to any specific hypervisor- as long as it works I give it a go. Thank you –  redknight May 13 '11 at 16:32

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You could try VMware Converter ( http://www.vmware.com/products/converter ). There is should be an iso file available which makes a offline p2v.

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I'd use any of the regular imaging tools, such as Clonezilla, Ghost, etc, to take an image of the Win 98 machine, create an empty virtual machine and restore the image to that. While there are specialised P2V tools for a simple one-off like this it's not worth the bother of tracking one down. This cloning method has the advantage that it doesn't restrict you to any particular VM host system.

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can you mention some specialised p2v tools? can you please guide me how to restore the image > –  redknight May 11 '11 at 9:24
    
@rednight, I haven't used any of them for at least 8 years, so can't tell you around these days, other than the one oldskool mentioned in his/her answer. Try Googling for p2v. –  John Gardeniers May 11 '11 at 11:29

I know it's an old question, but adding some knowledge for people who come across it later, like me

I am looking to do the same, and found a microsoft tool which does the p2v to a VHD file, which I believe is natively recognized by VirtualBox and can be made to work with vmware too.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

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