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I am looking at upgrading from Windows XP to Windows7. I have a lot of development programs that would take 2-3 days to set-up configure etc. etc. when I get my new machine. What I want to do is create a VHD of my physical XP machine install Windows 7 and then operate out of my Virtual PC while I take the time to configure Windows 7. Is this possible to do? If so how do you do it?

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You could use VMWare converter and VMware server. Both of which are free.

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Could I use Virtual PC with the image created by VMWare converter? – runxc1 Bret Ferrier Sep 29 '09 at 14:43
No, but if you NEED to use Virtual PC follow these steps – geeklin Sep 29 '09 at 17:54

You should use the free Disk2VHD tool which will create a VHD from a disk, even if currently running. It also neatens up the device listings so the VHD will boot correctly under VirtualPC/Hyper-V/Windows Virtual

This tool was written by Mark Russinovich and the gang at SysInternals. It runs perfectly.

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There should be an easy way to do it. I don't have direct experice with the VM capibilities of Windows 7 (yet, no time to try it out), but the long way around it would be to convert physical to VMWare HD, then use a tool to convert to Virtual PC.

Not very clean, but could work.

The other way that might work is to use an imaging program like Acronis to image the drive, then in Windows 7, create a new VHD, restore your image to that VHD. http:/ /

Just thoughts, haven't tested it out or anything.

Good luck!

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I tried the vmtoolkit tool and could not boot the VHD image that it created. – runxc1 Bret Ferrier Oct 5 '09 at 15:49

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