I recently tried cloning (p2v) a netbook (Compaq 110 Mini) using SysInternals Disk2VHD tool (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx)

When I created a VMC in VPC (Virtual PC) on my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop the VPC of my netbook wouldn't boot beyond the initial BIOS test. All I got was a black screen.

Does anyone have any advice on what to try to debug this ?

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There is new version (1.3) out. That version solves problem with booting of some machines. Just retry whole process with new disk2vhd.

This update to Disk2vhd makes more Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 VHDs bootable by updating their MBR and boot sectors to be compatible with Hyper-V and Virtual PC and by installing the Intelide driver if it it’s not already installed. It also optimizes image creation by not copying paging and hibernation files.

  • funnily enough I just noticed this about 15 minutes ago, just after I posted the question I looked again at the page and saw the updated version number, checked out the main page for the update history and saw the comment you made. It's currently re-working under my desk, I'll try the VPC in about 14 hours when I get home, and update this question.
    – cometbill
    Nov 4, 2009 at 8:35

I have had too many problems with disk2vhd. Instead I used virtualbox with vm_converter. Very good results. Here is the instruction page for that : How to Convert a Physical Windows XP Machine to a VM (P2V) for Use in VirtualBox.

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