I have dual-boot win 10 & Fedora. I want to run the win 10 in Fedora using VirtualBox, how do I do this? I do not want to make an ISO of my OS like this. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-a-virtual-machine-image-of-your-existing-hard-drive-windows/

Edit: My dual boot looks like this

partition 1 = win 10, partition 2 = Ubuntu, partition 3 = storage, partition 4 = Fedora
now how do I do virtual box directly from the partiton.
PS: I don't mind if I have to use boxes the Fedora VM app.


What you're looking to do is convert a physical machine (aka, your Windows 10 partition) to a VirtualBox VM. Sorry to repeat the task ahead of you, but using these terms I've come across this helpful answer courtesy of Chris Hoffman of HowToGeek.

For VirtualBox – A Manual Method

VirtualBox doesn’t offer an easy graphical utility for converting a physical machine to a virtual machine. If you’re feeling particularly adventerous, they do offer some unsupported instructions for converting a physical Windows computer to a VirtualBox virtual machine. This requires some registry tweaking and shutting down the computer. You’ll then have to manually create a copy of the disk and convert it to a VirtualBox VDI file. The process for converting a Linux virtual machine should be about the same, but without all the extra tweaks required to make Windows behave. It’s much easier to move Linux installations between different machines with different hardware configurations.

This process isn’t for the faint of heart, and we include it here only for the sake of completeness. Even if you use VirtualBox already, you may want to just use VMware or Microsoft’s utility and give VMware or Hyper-V a try. If you’re still ready to give it a try, consult the MIgrate Windows page on VirtualBox’s wiki.

My personal belief, when faced with the above, is that imaging the existing Windows 10 partition/installation to VHD would be easiest and smoothest option available, as VirtualBox is 100% compatible with this format/standard, although of course this incurs the needed dataspace in which to store the exported image.

  • windows doesn't recognize hard drive format :-( – Dash Conroy Dec 14 '18 at 13:37

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