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Some friends just turned me on to virtualization and recommended VMWare. I'm currently running Windows 7 and would like to try running it virtually on a host Linux machine. The thing is, I'd like not to have to reinstall Windows from scratch. I'd like (if possible) to clone the state of my current Windows 7 install, make it into an ISO, and install THAT into VMWare. Is this possible, or am I high? Thanks

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The official, supported way to do this with VMWare is with the VMWare vCenter Converter

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Wow. Awesome! The VMWare site is a bit heavy on businessspeak and difficult to follow, so I just want to doublecheck: to run this setup, all I'd need are the converter and the player, right? There is no need to purchase the Workstation? – StormShadow Mar 25 '12 at 0:48
It says it supports Player, so I assume all you need is the converter and the player. I've never actually had a need for it. – EKW Mar 25 '12 at 1:35

Yes it is Possible and its called P2V or Physical to Virtual Conversion in the Virtualization World and you can do it using using and best of all its free !

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