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Booting current install in a VM

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Booting current install in a VM


    I am looking into setting up a type 1, native hypervisor on my desktop (Xen, specifically). Would it be possible for me to load my current install into a VM? The hypervisor can be run from a live disk.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Sure. You can use this Disk2vhd to covert your existing installation to VHD.

    Ideally create the VHD not on the same physical drive when you run this utility - you can but it takes a long time. Converting my 100GB C: drive to VHD on an external drive took about an hour.

    You'll have to re-activate as Windows will think your hardware has changed.

    Good luck.
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Booting current install in a VM
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