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I have Win7 and Ubuntu installed on my PC, and I can choose which to run at boot time. I would like to be able to run the Ubuntu from within the Win7. Tools like VMWare allows one to create a new installation of a guest OS, which could then be run alongside the hosting OS. However, I already have the Ubuntu fully installed on my hard drive, and I'd like to maintain the dual boot option.

Ideally, I'd like to be able to create a new virtual machine on my Win7, but instead of installing a new guest OS, just direct it to the existing installation. Is that possible?

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This shows how to boot Windows in Linux, I believe reverse should be possible:

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If I understand your question correctly, I believe this is what you are looking for -

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Check this out, WUBI installer

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WUBI lets you install Ubuntu from within Windows, but it won't let you run Ubuntu from within Windows, would it? I already have Ubuntu installed, and I'd like to be able to use the existing installation. – eran Dec 21 '10 at 7:57

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