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How can I create a VPC copy of my current HDD installation? I want an easily restorable 'play' area to try and solve an installation problem.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

For MS Virtual PC you'll want the recently announced Disk2vhd.

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Acronis True Image Home 2010 has a feature that can turn the backup image to and from a Virtual HD (.vhd) image.

You could use VMWare converter. It converts to VMWare Player or Server. It doesn't convert to VPC, but the VMWare Player and Server are free.

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He was asking to use VPC instead of VMWare... – deddebme Oct 19 '09 at 18:45
the poster wants to create a VirtualPC image, not one for VMWare – Snark Oct 19 '09 at 18:45

If you want to play with your current windows installation, you don't need to use VPC. Use the free VMware Player and use the vCenter Converter to convert your physical partition to virtual.

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