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Is there a way for me to take my current PC and transfer it to a VM running on the same machine or another machine?

I am currently running Windows XP.

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You'll get more/better answers if you post on superuser.com instead. :D – Ben S Sep 21 '09 at 17:54
    
there too ... I just figure the IT pro site will get better results – Matthew Whited Sep 21 '09 at 17:56

When using VMWare, there's a tool called VMWare Converter that can make a VM image out of your machine.

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You are looking for something called P2V (physical to virtual) most VM solutions have it. But you will get better responses on server fault.

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XenConvert did an amazing job on converting out SVN\Build server to a vhd, and its free!

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Found it here : citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/… – harrymc Sep 21 '09 at 21:10

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx has a tool for converting a physical machine to virtual. Sysinternals has some good tools and you can try it for free, so not much to lose

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You don't mention which VM you're using, but I've had some success using the VMware P2V Assistant. I have had a few HAL issues trying to boot (BSOD) images generated from P2V, but they can usually be resolved by removing most 3rd party drivers and replacing HAL.DLL and NTOSKRNL.DLL

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