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On Windows 7 (Home Premium), using Windows Virtual PC, how can you create an image of a physical machine running Windows XP?

I've found the "Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit", but this is of course for Virtual Server 2005, not Windows Virtual PC. I've also found this link, but it is targeted to "Microsoft Virtual PC" (i.e. the previous version of Virtual PC).

Note: I am not interesting in using an alternative virtualization software (such as VirtualBox, VMWare, etc).

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Have a look at the Sysinternals utility Disk2vhd. Should do what you're after if I understand the question.

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Thanks - this is the tool I used, and it worked well. – Brad Leach Dec 27 '09 at 3:45

This step-by-step article describes how to create a Microsoft Virtual PC virtual hard disk that is an identical copy of a physical hard disk by using a backup disk image file:

How to create a Virtual PC hard disk image by using a backup disk image file

if you're getting a BSOD because of the different hardware, just do a repair installation.

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