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A while ago I turned my PC into dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu.
But my experience is, that I rarely boot into Ubuntu, so I wanted to make it available as virtual machine in Windows rather than as a second OS.
Can you provide me some information which is the tool of my choice and how I can achieve this migration? I already have VMWare Player installed.

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Have you tried VMWare vCenter Converter ( The information on the page looks promising as well as being free.

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Yeah this looked promising on the first sight, but unfortunately it just converts the running (Windows) or a remote machine, there's no option for another local OS – Dan Lee Apr 15 '12 at 15:11
@DanLee There is a Linux version of the vCenter Converter. It's on the download page right beneath the Windows version. – Scott Chamberlain Apr 23 '12 at 20:37
@ScottChamberlain Thanks for hinting this, I couldn't register on the site on this date, so I had to rely on 3rd party sites. However I have another machine where I need to apply the same procedure. If this will work there, I will change my accepted answer to this. – Dan Lee Apr 23 '12 at 20:47
Unfortunately that was a dead end too. Either I am too dumb or it simply does not work like I intend it to. But on that way I found another possibility to it, and it's edited in my answer. – Dan Lee Apr 25 '12 at 19:49
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After much juggling around, I finally found a tutorial which helped me the way through: Virtualizing a Linux System

Basically it's simple but needs a bit of work.

I needed to create images from all the existing partitions on my physical Ubuntu. I recreated a similar virtual machine and then I restored the boot loader. That's it.

Another method is to use Remastersys (much easier!)

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