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Disk2vhd,convert my PC to Hyper-V Virtual Machine

I've just bought a machine running Windows 7 x64 Professional. I want to use this to run my old XP x32 installation as a virtual machine using Virtual PC.

My plan is to create images of the 2 current XP drives using Disk2vhd. Then install these drive images in an XP virtual machine.

  • Should this work?
  • Will I need to activate XP on the virtual machine?
  • Will 1 GB be enough to run the virtual machine (16 GB available on host)?
  • Are there any other pitfalls of which I need to be aware?
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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Simon Sheehan, 8088, Sathya Nov 11 '11 at 9:51

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If your license for XP came with the computer, you CANNOT do this. That license is locked to the old computer (the one it was first installed on). –  Multiverse IT Nov 6 '11 at 20:11

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Should this work?

Yes, of course.

Will I need to activate XP on the virtual machine?

Yes, you will.

Will 1 GB be enough to run the virtual machine (16 GB available on host)?

Only you will be able to decide based on programs you use. Windows XP will run fine on 1GB.

Are there any other pitfalls of which I need to be aware?

As you don't change your old system, just try. There shouldn't be any problems, but if so, all you lost are some cpu cycles and disk I/O.

Also think about using Virtual Box which is also free but in more active development.

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Personally, out of 3 or 4 tries on a couple different computers, I've not had disk2VHD work yet for system disks. Ended up using VMWare converter and going over to a VMWare stack for those machines. So with Disk2VHD YMMV, but yeah it 'should work'. :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 6 '11 at 6:03

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