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Q: Windows 7 virtual machine

I have a laptop with windows 7 and for various reasons need to replace the computer. Bought a new laptop which comes with windows 10. If I were to just replace the hard drive in the old computer, I would just image the drive, put the new drive in, and then restore the image and be back in business. I would like to do a similar thing with what I have now and I think the virtual machine is the best way to go, just a little confused on the process.

1. What do I need to do with the old laptop that does the equivalent of imaging the drive so I will have a complete working windows 7 computer to use on the windows 10 machine? I will put this file on an external hard drive to then use with the new laptop. I think vhd is what I need, but keep reading about a 128GB limitation and the old laptop is more like 250GB.

2. After creating this file (vhd?), how do I create the virtual machine on the new laptop and then get the windows 7 copy to run. Most sites I have found talk about installing Windows 7 with the installation disk, but the image (vhd?) should already have all of this, correct?

If you could point me to which programs to use, I would appreciate it. I tried to create VHD with disk management, but it is greyed out if I select the C: drive and the system reserved partition. And step by step instructions would be helpful.



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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 virtual machine

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I have Hyper-v running on Dell Precision T3600 with Windows 8 OS.  I am trying to start a VM (called Windows8VM) to install Windows 8 in the hyper-v virtual machine, but I keep getting the following message:
"Windows8VM" failed to start.
Failed to start the virtual machine "Windows8VM" because one of the Hyper-V components is not running.
"Windows8VM" failed to start.  (Virtual machine ID D670D3BB-9AE2-0453D-9191-EA6EFC242A9C)
The Virtual Machine Management Services failed to start the virtual machine "Windows8VM" because one of the Hyper-V components is not running.
I have turned the hyper-v feature on in the "Turn Windows feature on or off.  The BIOS has virtualization enable.  Help!!! driving me nuts for a week now.
Nick :(

A:Windows 8 Hyper-V - Virtual Machine Management Service failed to start the virtual machine

Finally got it to work.  Our admin lock down the devices that could be installed on the computer.  It turned out that one of the vm devices was not allowed to be installed.  Thank community.

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Last night when shutting down the virtual machine within Win7, the virtual machine hanged. Win7 gave me the option of doing a forced shutdown, which I accepted. But now this morning when I try to re-open the virtual machine (which is powered down) I keep
getting the error message "The virtual machine could not be started. An unknown error occurred."  PLEASE HELP: I have months of research stored in the virtual machine which I need to retrieve. Any suggestions gratefully received.

A:URGENT: My XP-Mode Virtual Machine has crashed: it is powered down and refuses to power up. PLEASE HELP: I have months of research stored in the virtual machine which I need to retrieve.



The issue could be incorrect configuration of XP mode.


Trying to rename the . vmc and .vsv from C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines
and run Virtual Machine again.


Best Regards,

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Hey all. I just recently purchased a laptop with Windows 8 and wanted to set up a VM of Windows 7 on it. I have never worked with VM's before and I'm ready to get it going. Could anyone provide any help as to how to do it. Thanks!!!

A:Windows 8 Machine Running Windows 7 Virtual Machine

Hi there,

For beginners I recommend VMware Player:
VMware Player: Run Windows 8, Chrome OS on a Virtual PC
It's free.

You can also find it on filehippo for example.
The install process is easy to follow and the VM's work nicely.

There are other visualization products out there but this on is best to get started with.

Good luck

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I had installed windows 8 in VBOX. I could not get the sound to work. It stated no Audio detected. I uninstalled it, and reinstalled it in VMWARE. It is working fine. I tried to run it again in VBOX but the same thing, no audio drivers detected. I am running it in VMWARE and it is working great, so I removed VBOX from my CPU.[Note, I had originally had the Consumer preview running in VBOX with no trouble.

A:Windows 8 Virtual Machine

Here Vbox works fine installed on Win7 x64. I use Win 8 Release Preview x64 as a VM with no problems concerning sound.

You are probably using Vbox on Win 8 as a host.
There were still some problems with the support / installation of Vbox on Win 8 as a host. It failed to install and I had to fix Vbox manually.

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Will the procedure in this link /www.howtogeek.com/171395/how-to-get-windows-xp-mode-on-windows-8/, using VMware Player, work in Windows 8.1 ?

A:Virtual machine in Windows 8.1

The link goes to Windows 8 Forums. Not howto geek.

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I am using Virtual PC to run a Windows XP virtual machine on a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit machine. Is there any way to somehow use the host machines USB ports?

The software I am needing to use on Windows XP requires an USB keycard to function, so I need some way to get it to recognise the USB ports.

Any suggestions or help?

Thanks! :)

A:USB in Windows XP Virtual Machine

Is the keyboard the main keybaord for the host system?

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I am looking for a solution in order to have 3-4 users be able to Remote Desktop into
one XP pc all at the same time. Currently, when a user is logged on, and another person
tries to Remote Desktop into the same pc, it kicks off the first user.
I edited the termsrv.dll file in order to prevent this but it didn't work.
Any suggestion on a fix?

A:Virtual Windows machine

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What to choose exactly ? It keep showing error

A:Virtual Machine - Windows 8

While I am not sure what the problem is, nor can I quickly find out what Windows Evolution 8 is supposed to do, there are four folders showing in you screenshot. I suggest you double click on these to see if you can find a file called install or setup .exe or .ini . I would try Sources or Support first, but you need to find the actual installer file.
Chris Cosgrove

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I just installed windows 8.1 pro on an MSI z97 pc mate motherboard with I5 3.3 ghz processor, 16 gb ddr3 1600 MHz ram, with embedded realtek pcie gbe NIC. I checked and found that hardware virtualization is enabled by default in the BIOS.

I tried to set up a virtual switch using the latest bios and drivers from MSI. I created a virtual switch choosing the external option and the share with host OS option. I then connected to the VM. No network connectivity on VM but host still worked.

I then used autopatcher to update windows 8.1 on the vm. I removed and reinstalled the virtual switch choosing external option and share with host OS option. Same conditions occurred.
And then I installed the latest NIC driver. Same problem - media disconnected.

I tried this process with the latest driver from the realtek website which was a couple years more up to date. I had such high hopes! Same problem.

I then used msconfig to prevent all non-Microsoft services from starting and rebooted. I removed and recreated the switch and I was still hoping for success. Same exact conditions occurred.

These are the conditions that occur whenever an external switch with host os sharing enabled is installed in between all of these troubleshooting steps. It looks exactly the same every time...
The host machine can still access the network but it does so through the virtual switch. Ipconfig /all on the host reveals the following...
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 M... Read more

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I am still having ONE small issue. I got the additions installed, but it is still not allowing me to set up a shared folder between the virtual machine and the host system. It's saying "Not installed." Here, I'll give you a screenshot of the issue I'm getting.

A:Virtual PC 2007 - set up a shared folder between virtual machine and host?


Start your virtual machine & install the additions pack under "Action"

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I could use some help figuring out what really works.

Purpose: Malware seems to be getting much nastier and this is being directed beyond businesses towards ordinary folks. I want to protect myself against this stuff - like ransomware. I have backups but it looks like even backups can get 'infected'.

Goal: Be able to clean out 'browsing' as it seems this is the major vector for this stuff.

Issues: Uncertain what to use: vmware? Uncertain about licenses: Windows 7 can only be run as boot o/s or guest o/s, but not both. If I set Linux as boot o/s, how do I install and keep Windows 7 upgrades? Can I set up a dual boot: Windows 7 boot o/s and Linux boot o/s with Windows 7 guest or does that violate license even though I am using only one at a time? Can I use cloud storage somehow to keep emails, downloads, etc on a more permanent basis and then access them when Windows 7 is the boot o/s?

Alternatives: Is there a better way?

A:Using Windows 7 in a Virtual Machine For All Browsing

Proper configuration and usage habits go a L O N G way in avoiding infections.

Just to restate some well known guidelines:

1) keep your OS updated
2) run attached to a router with NAT and SPI features
3) run with the Windows Firewall active and at home use the PRIVATE network and at a hotspot, use PUBLIC
4) NEVER run daily activity from the admin account or from an account with admin rights
5) use an anti-virus which will scan email and your weblink clicks to avoid bad content
6) I use SpywareBlaster to control ActiveX components
7) run your browser(s) with little or no add-ons.

and stay off the shared video and porno sites as they tool are a major vector.

Implementing the above clear back to XP/pro, I have not had any issues.

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I'm trying to install Windows 10 Tech Preview on a virtual machine, I'm using Oracle VM VirtualBox.
But I don't succeed in installing it... I keep get alround different errors.
The first time I tried it gave me an error saying it was meant to run on machines with more than 4GB of RAM, although it was a 32-bit version. So I tried with the 64-bit version thinking that would help, it didn't.

The last time I gave the 64-bit version more RAM (4GB) and 10GB of space on the HDD, which I think should be sufficient... I only want to test it, I'm not going to save any files on it...
Anyway, now it gives a completely different error (screenshot) saying:
"Your PC needs to restart. Please hold down the power button. Error code: 0x0000005D"

Does anybody know how to solve this problem? I've installed virtual machines before: Windows, Linux and even Mac OS X... I've google'd the errors but since it's only just available I can't find any solution...

It shouldn't be that hard to install it on a virtual machine, perhaps it's not compatible with VirtualBox? But that isn't likely I think...

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:Installing Windows 10 on a virtual machine

Both Windows 10 and the latest version of VirtualBox were just released to the public. At this time VirtualBox does not support Windows 10. There is a way to install Windows 10 however. In VirtualBox, create a Windows 2012 virtual machine and configure it accordingly. Windows 2012 is the server OS, but you can can install Windows 10 on it. As I write this I am looking at the Windows 10 Desktop. Installation and setup may be slow, but it works. I hope I was able to be of service to you.

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Hello. I need to install a Windows 7 Virtual Machine on my Windows 7 OS. I have a few questions to ask in this regard,

1. How much RAM should I allocate to the Virtual machine considering I have 4 GB of RAM?
My Specs are i3 4005U 1.7GHz. 4GB RAM, Windows 7 SP1 64 bit(dell laptop)
2. Are there any working guides/video out there that can help me in this regard? I have searched alot but they are either old/ or have unreliable comments.
3. From where can I get an ISO? That can work well. And also does it during the installation process, ask for a product key if i have downloaded it off from somewhere?

thanks alot! It's an emergency. I appreciate your time and once again thank you very much!

A:I need to install a Windows 7 Virtual Machine

Before you even start, I think this won't work too well. To have a virtualized OS when you're only running with an i3 and 4GB of RAM will likely mean both the host and VM will run slowly.

If you do go ahead anyway, do you have an additional product key for the VM installation? That'll be required.

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Test Windows 10 on a Virtual Machine
Upgrading to a new operating system can be an intimidating undertaking that massively disrupts your daily workflow. And considering the dramatic interface changes introduced in Windows 10, you may not want to invest in Microsoft's latest OS without first giving it a thorough shakedown.

Fortunately, there's an easy, hassle-free way to test-drive Windows 10. Using a program called VirtualBox and the new Windows 10, you can try out the new OS for free, without disturbing your current operating system.

If you?re running Windows, Virtualbox is probably your best bet. It?s free, open-source, runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, the interface is easy to use, and it supports snapshots.

Setup requires a more-than-entry-level PC, since you'll be running two resource-hungry OSes at once. But a virtual machine is well worth the effort, because it means fewer headaches than fully upgrading to beta software or running a second version of Windows on a drive partition. Also, if a VM gets a virus or starts acting weird, you can just delete it and reinstall.

To download Windows 10, go to Windows 10.

For more information, read How to run Windows 10 on a virtual machine | The Download Blog - CNET Download.com

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I guess that few of you have ever experienced this problem, certainly Microsoft themselves were of no help so I am looking for other insights and sincerely would appreciate any constructive comments from anyone who's walked this path before.

Last year I bought a Macbook Pro to replace my ailing HP laptop. Unfortunately many of the applications that I relied on (MS project, visio, et al) would not work on Mac. I decided to migrate my windows install from the HP to the Mac using VMware. The migration worked fine using vmware's utilities and I was all set. As expected, windows started complaining that it was no longer genuine but provided an option to "Get Genuine Now" which took me to a Microsoft website which downloaded some small piece of software, figured out which license I needed to buy and after paying the required amount, got my new key and duly authorized my license.

Everything was fine and problem free for about 3 months or so at which point Windows again started reporting that it was not genuine. I contacted Microsoft who confirmed that I had an invalid license key, despite my email confirmations proving that i had just purchased it. The email receipt was of no value to anyone. They suggested I buy yet another license key, which I certainly did not see any value in doing as UI had already paid for one.

Anyway the system is now reporting that it cannot activate and is telling me I only have a couple of days left.

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A:MAC Virtual Machine Windows 7 Activation

Hi Swahull, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You have bought a valid Microsoft Windows 7 licence directly from Microsoft and have the confirmation email & receipt to prove it. If this your situation and the phone support of Microsoft or Microsoft Store are of no help, there's IMO only one reasonable thing to do: contact Microsoft using their Microsoft Community, former Microsoft Answers.

Posting this in right section increases your possiblities to get direct help from MS staff. In your case the correct section would be Microsoft Community: Install, Upgrade and Activate.

As a personal rule of mine I do normally not guide other members to other forums for help but in this case I honestly think it would be your best shot.


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I have quite a few old games that worked under Windows 7 but no longer work on Windows 10. Compatibility mode does not work either and I have tried many different combinations with compatibility with no luck. Even the Microsoft utility to help with compatibility fails. What I have done is install my old Windows 7 OS as a virtual machine which went well. Even though I have the original install CD with valid product key, the activation fails. The error says the server does not accept the key even though it is a valid one. I have tried calling Windows support but I am not getting a live person to talk to. When I go thru the support online for Windows 7, it just points me to Windows 10. It's as if Microsoft will not allow me to install an OS which I paid for. I have also sent Microsoft my issue with compatibility mode but I get no response. I am not looking for support for Windows 7 itself I just want to activate it. The good news is that I can run my old games which I have tested since I am in the 30 day grace period to activate Windows 7.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Virtual machine activation

If your Windows 7 is retail you should be able to activate it with a phone call. When you call the Microsoft number for activation I think the technique is to just wait until somebody comes on the line.

Of course, if it is OEM, including OEM System Builders, you cannot transfer the license to another machine, even a virtual one.

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I'm running Windows XP Mode through Windows Virtual Machine, with IE9 and Win Exp 7 Pro. I'm using a music recording software called Protools LE 6.4, and I'm running it through a hardware called Mbox (original). I can get Protools running, but there's a lot of interference going on. The interference is worse when I drag the mouse across the screen. It is there even before I crank up the virtual machine.

I've isolated the speakers and also the cable and it's not coming from either. It's definitely associated with the Mbox.

Any ideas as to what might be causing the problem?


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OK, so I finally got my copy of Window 8 Pro from my school, and am wondering if I can try it out on a virtual machine? If so, which virtual software would you recommend?


A:Install Windows 8 on a Virtual Machine?

Hello Drew,

Sure, you could install it on a VM if you like.

I like VMware Player.

VMware Player - Install Windows 8

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Installed windows 8.0 pro on oracle VM VirtualBox
(running 8.1 pro on host machine)
and it asks me to activate windows.
Okay, but it doesn't accept the product key I purchased for the host machine.
what to do?

A:activate windows 8.0 in virtual machine

Hi there
Windows - unless you have a VL (multiple activation) license needs a license for EVERY machine it's used on - for this purpose a Virtual Machine is identical to a REAL one.

Windows activation probably detects your key has been used already. - There have been issues about developers wanting to test using VM's -- with W7 you could get 30 days before windows needed activation and of course there were TechNet subscriptions -- however TechNet is closed to new subscribers - the existing one's are also being phased out and MSDN is FAR FAR too expensive for individual testers.

Ms really needs to provide some sort of developer license (affordably) now TechNet is being phased out. What you could do is download the FREE TRIAL version of W8/8.1 enterprise for your VM - that allows use for 90 days.


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I have an iMac which is running Win10Pro (non-oem as the original product was Win8 Preview which I eventually upgraded to Win10Pro non-Insider) via Parallels Virtual Machine. I'm buying a barebone system (Intel NUC) soon and, as I need Windows for it and as I don't use the aforementioned Windows via Parallels that much, I'd like to move that Windows to the SSD of my new NUC.

Is this possible? What is the procedure? I've moved Windows between HDs before (via Macrium Reflect cloning) without hiccups but I cannot do that with a virtual machine setup (or can I). Another way to do this I guess would be to create install media (as I don't have one) and then re-install it to the SSD.

Please help!

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Hey guys first post here and thanks in advance.
I'm brand new to running virtual machines and need some help. I'm trying to get 8.1 enterprise into a VM (with VMware Player) and am currently running windows 8.1 as my main operating system. It's an ISO file and I'm aware that they generally need to be burned to a disc or to a bootable drive. Is this always the case? Is there anyway that I can save an alternate operating system on the hard drive on the main one that i'm running? Also when trying to download it, it doesn't seem to give me an option as to where it should be saved. The first time trying i downloaded 8.1 enterprise and it just changed it to my main operating system and i lost everything.

A:Trying to run windows 8.1 enterprise in a Virtual Machine

Hi davidbehnia Where are you downloading the .iso from if I may ask? If you download an .iso, it'll do like all the other files you download. It'll be saved in the folder defined in the web browser you are using to download it. Most of the time, by default, it'll be the Downloads folder. From there, you don't even need to touch the .iso. You simple need to create a VM, tell it to load the .iso in it's CD/DVD drive and make it boot from the CD/DVD-ROM when you launch the VM for the first time to launch the installation process.

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Sup pals! I've been googling a bit, but haven't pin pointed to a solution. I'm trying to achieve something a la parallels, in which I'd have a separate Windows installation and I can either boot directly to it, or run it as a virtual machine.

I've seen that you can convert an existing installation into a VHD drive, something which I DO NOT WANT. I want to do it as it is possible to do it in Mac with Parallels.

Is there any software available to do so? Thanks

A:Is it possible to run a separate Windows OS as a Virtual Machine?

You don't mention which virtual machine software you are using. However, in general, no. Windows does not support running a virtual machine in anything other than a VHD. Physical partitions for virtual machines are not supported anymore (they used to be, back in the XP days, but I think since at least Vista, direct hardware access to the partition is no longer possible.)

I could be wrong though, I haven't seen a way to do this.

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Hey guys,

Recently I have installed XP under VMware for a bit of testing to see how vulnerable XP is to viruses. This is mainly to prove to friends of mine that XP is more susceptible to infection than Windows 7 as they are asking the question claiming XP has superior resistance to viruses compared to Windows 7. Even a few of them think that XP will continue it's support after SP3 which they are clearly wrong but they tend to argue that myself and others who also say that 'SP3 Extended support will end' are lairs.
My friends do not have much knowledge when it comes to computers but as years go by and XP is fully unsupported they will run into many issues and lose/damage valuable data. I do not want this to happen to them but since they are very concreted in to XP they need first hand evidence to show them what is more superior in terms of protection and resistance and even usability of Windows 7 itself.

I want to try and show them first off on how rogue software also known as Scare-ware can infect a PC and use scare tactics to scam a user so I can help them identify and avoid infection in the first place.
Secondly I need to show how a worm operates and sends spam or malicious emails to others or via other communication types such as Instant Messaging.
Thirdly I need to show them what happens when you do get a virus and how to remove virus using Anti-Malware tools, suites etc.

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A:Windows XP SP3 Virtual machine testing

Recently I have installed XP under VMware for a bit of testing to see how vulnerable XP is to viruses. This is mainly to prove to friends of mine that XP is more susceptible to infection than Windows 7 as they are asking the question claiming XP has superior resistance to viruses compared to Windows 7. Even a few of them think that XP will continue it's support after SP3 which they are clearly wrong but they tend to argue that myself and others who also say that 'SP3 Extended support will end' are lairs.They are wrong, you are right. All you need to tell them is that any process can run with full admin rights in Windows XP. This is not possible with Windows Vista or Windows 7 due to UAC. Windows XP SP3 is supported until April 2014 according to Microsoft. End of debate.

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I am using VMware Workstation 14 and I need help installing the operating system. The OS I have chosen to use is Windows 10, but I dont know how to install the (or even downloas) windows 10 ISO. Please help.

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I am trying to map a network drive to a remote server. The server is not on the same network as the computer I am trying to map the drive on.

I have the external IP address, the port number, and the drive letter on the server.  I have entered http:// IP Address:Port Number/drive letter.  I get an error message stating that the drive path is incorrect.

I am using the network drive mapping wizard in the Computer screen.

The remote server is part of a local network with 3 other computers running in the VMware workstation connected by NAT connection .I run this server port number 9000 of host machine  by Port forwarding method. 

I need help with the proper syntax for mapping the drive to the remote server.  I can't get my Windows 10 machine to connect to the server.  I need to get shared folder of virtual machine in another computer.

How do I map a drive to my remote server?  Please be specific as I am not that familiar with networking.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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I am running a server in vmware workstation which is connected with NAT connection. I made port forwarding for access this virtual machine from outside the host computer. That is when type host computer ip:9000 in chrome it redirects to server web interface
which is running in vmware workstation because I redirect port 8080 in virtual machine to port 9000 in host machine.

 Now I want to get all shared folders in the virtual machine . when I typed host ip in run dialog box it gives only the host machine shared folders . when i typed host ip along with port number it shows error. 

What should I do for getting all shared folders of virtual machine in other computer in same network.

Note:Should not use bridge network connection.

Whether it is possible?.

Thank you for your help in Advance.

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Information about the problem:
VMware and VirtualBox do not detect the Retail (Full) isos at startup, and go to network boot
After trying a Windows 98 Boot Floppy, It gives me this error message:

After using FDISK to try to resolve the previous, it just crashes trying to open the Windows 98/ME Setup, same with /is at the end (Skip Scandisk)
If this matters, I store my virtual machines on an external hard drive.

Another thing is I recently tried to install Mac (Hack) OS X on VMware and VirtualBox, and that probably has something to do with it.
My Machine (If necessary)
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP EliteBook 8440p
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 640 @ 2.80GHz, 2800 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 68CCU Ver. F.60, 11/11/2015
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.86 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.48 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.71 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.02 GB
Page File Space 3.86 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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I had an XP virtual machine running on windows 7 in order to run an old app that won't run in newer systems.
I recently went to use this but the virtual machine didn't load atall, I tried clearing the settings but it made no difference. Eventually I removed the Windows XP Mode program, and uninstalled the virtual machine windows feature. Then re-installed both.
My original XP virtual machine image still wouldn't start at all. When I went into settings and removed auto start-up from the Integration Features it started but I only got as far as the old XP startup options screen. No matter what option I chose 'safe
mode', ' Normal', 'Last known good...' etc. It always just crached out. I then tried to create a new XP virtual machine, but this also just crashed out, almost immediately, without making an image.
This is all running on a laptop and no systems settings or hardware have been changed.
Any idea what else I can do?

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i have lenovo Laptop B480 and also enable Virtualization in BIOS, install Hyper V manager.
when try to install Any virtual machine either windows or Linux error message

error has been attached. any help will highly appreciate.


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I have a USB drive connected to the host PC (W7) and I need to use it in the virtual XP mode. Opening device manager in the virtual machine shows me 3 other devices as Virtual PC integration Device. When I try to update the driver for them, that is not happening.
How do I use my USB drive in the virtual environment? 
Appreciate any help. 

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What is the best Virtual Machine software for Windows 7 host os to install W8DP guest os?

A:Best Virtual Machine software to install Windows 8 DP?

Virtual Box now has support for the WDP.

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is it possible to run games(like:star wars: rogue squadron) at 1920x1080 resolution on windows 98se running it as a virtual machine(say:virtual pc 2007) on vista?


A:windows 98se resolution on virtual machine

Hello gothnezz,
Its been a few years since i played that game.
I would think, if the game supports that resolution, than it should be OK, the problem is that so many older games only went to 12x10 or around there, and i cant remember what this game went to.
I would give it a go and see what happens.
Good luck and post your results.

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I'm in a real bind here, my main OS is Windoze 10 x64 & it won't boot after a MS update last night and I'm stuck with no PC and a ton of files I need to at least use the laptop while I try to get it back. I have Win 7 running in the the Oracle virtual machine to sue incompatible software. After the usual attempts to fix it I am trying to boot from the Win 10 disk using system restore, as it created an automatic restore point before the update (at least I assume it did). Selecting system restore from the boot disk all I see are restore points created in Win 7, not Win 10. Trying the other troubleshooting options it comes up with Win 7 as well. Is there any way to make it recognize Win 10 and do a system restore from there? This is an emergency for me, my income depends on those at least getting to those files. I can check email from work today, email any suggestions to me if at all possible (tim_orerockon @ yahell).

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Hi! I want to run windows 8 as virtual environment in virtual box as host as win7...
my lap specs are...is this enough to run win8 as virtual machine ..??
intel core(tm) i3 cpu
RAM: 3gb
I need to know whether I can run win8 as virtual machine....??
thanks in advance

A:Running windows 8 as virtual machine in win7

You cannot run a virtual machine with only 3GB of RAM. Windows 7 needs 2GB to run. You will then only have 1GB for running Windows 8, which is not enough. You should have at least 8GB of RAM and a quad core CPU to run virtual machines. Also, since you have only a dual core CPU, 1 core will be needed for Win8, and another for Win7. this will make both OS's run very slow.

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I've been using the XP mode on Windows 7 for a few years now and all of a sudden the last few times it's prompting me for a password to log in. Also it had a error message saying integration features not working. And the time it takes to start the Virtual Machine is very very long. What to do?

Noticed when closing the virtual machine it says "hibernating". Is that supposed to be that way?

I tried restarting the virtual machine several times but it still is asking for password.


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3895 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1723 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 217 GB (34 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 304Ah
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

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I've been using the Microsoft VM to run XP on my Windows 7 Pro 64 box for over 5 years with no problems.  The other day it crashed and I got the BSOD which caused the entire box to be rebooted.  When it came back up, the VM would not longer load/work.
 It is in a POWERED DOWN state.  When I try to start it back up, it seems to try, gets about 1/3 the way through the progress bar of startup, and then just stops. The progress bar disappears and that's it.  

I have the following files:

WindowsXPMode.vhd            53,778,076,672

WindowsXPMode.vmc                        14,764

WindowsXPMode.vmc.vpcbackup      14,764

I have mounted the .vhd file and was able to copy data from it with no problem so I am sure this file is fine, but cannot figure out how to get the VM working again and use this .vhd file so I have the same computer as I had.  Does anyone know how to fix
this situation?

Thank you.

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hi guys

wasnt really sure where this should go...but since im trying it on a windows 7 machine i thought i would post it here.

i need to convert a windows 98 installation into a vm...the hardware on the 98 is failing and i dont want to lose an application that will cost thousands to replace.

I just wondered what the chances are of converting the 98 to a vm so i can run it on a newer pc
i googled but information looked old and wondered what the chances are of getting something installed on the 98 to to the conversion.

can you convert a hard drive to a vm? as in the system doesnt need to be running? or is there a soft i can use?
any help greatly appreciated


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I am struggling to connect my Virtual machine in VMWare (RHEL) from another machine or even from my host machine (XP) using Cygwin. I want to do ssh/scp to the virtual machine using the Virtual machines ip address. I have tried various setting for VMWARE connection(Network Adapter setting) like Bridged/NAT/Custom. But am not able to connect to guest OS from outside. But I can connect from inside Virtual machine to other linux machines thru ssh. Please help me out in that.
Thanks in advance,

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My PC is running Windows 7 Professional, and I have a virtual machine and virtual copy of Windows XP that I downloaded from Microsoft to run on it. The primary reason for doing this was to run older games that don't function correctly (or at all) on newer
OS's. The USB joystick I have is an older one that works just fine with Windows 7, but it won't show up at all on the XP virtual machine. It doesn't even appear in the USB dropdown menu at the top of the screen that is used to 'attach' USB hardware. I've attempted
to download the Windows XP drivers and install them on the virtual PC, but even that hasn't worked. Is there any way that I can get it to function on the virtual PC?

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I've got a esxi 5.5 Windows 7 Pro virtual machine (domain joined) that has 3rd party software already installed and configured.  And there's not enough information to replicate the software installation and configuration from scratch.
I've cloned the virtual machine and was looking to sysprep it with just the /generalize option but wasn't able to. 

Running "sysprep /generalize /reboot /quiet" from a command prompt does nothing.  Running sysprep to bring up the GUI means I have to select either OOBE or Audit and then tick Generalize.
I don't need to capture the image of this clone for re-deployment, just need another copy of this machine with a different SID, name and joined to the domain.
Seems like I can't get away from OOBE so will need an answer file.  But the only settings I noticed that I need to add to the answer file is:
- enable Administrator account
- regional and language
- auto login as Administrator so no need to create another account
What other settings will I need to add to the answer file that is touched by the OOBE phase?
Or am I going about this the wrong way and there's an easier way for me to just reSID, reName and join to the domain while keeping all other settings intact?

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I am trying to install a program onto my Windows XP Virtual Drive (VirtualBox) on a Windows 10 computer. Just for clarifications sake, my computer has a variety of drives (C:, D:, E: are the regular drives, F: is the CD-Rom, and G: is one of five USB ports).
After booting my Virtual Drive, I put the CD-Rom disk into my CD-Rom drive, and the installation screen came up. I clicked the button to install, and a window came up asking what drive to save the program in. I signified C: drive, and the installation process
began. After the installation process was over, I went back to my Virtual Drive to run the program, but it was not listed on the programs list, and the shortcut that I had said to install was not on the desktop. I don?t know much about Virtual Drives, but
to me this says that the program was not installed in the right place. How do I install a program on a Virtual Drive and have it in the program list and have a desktop shortcut?

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Hello everyone,

Young student working on my master's thesis, I have to run a few programs only available on linux.

As seen on almost all the sources I visited, I installed VirtualBox and downloaded the last Ubuntu "iso" file. after having installed the new OS on virtualbox, I tried launching it and got the very often found "VT-x is disabled in the BIOS" error.

The solution also given in all the sources I visited is "enable Hyper-V" in the "windows features turn on or off" menu. Problem is : I can't find this option (I even looked in the least probable sub directories, just in case)

I found out this feature was only available for "Pro" versions of windows 8/8.1.

My question is : Is it feasible for me to run a virtual machine, or even run a machine on dual boot on my default-installed-windows 8 machine? I don't have the money to buy the pro package (which, for some reason, is MUCH more expensive than the "previous windows to 8.1 pro" update).

and If yes : how?

Best regards and thank you for reading,

(PS : my hardware is more than sufficient: 64bits i7-4700HQ processor, 8Gb RAM DDR3l)

A:Running a virtual machine on windows 8.1 NOT PRO edition

If you get a message that VT-x is disabled in the bios, did you go through the bios? If you find an option called hyper-threading, enable it. Hope that helps.

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Edit: This topic split off from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/545267/belarc-advisor-do-you-know-them/. The current content did not match original intent. New topic title reflects content and intent of subject ~ AnimalI feel like I need to bump this thread. I have read that someone successfully used an OEM key to activate windows XP on a virtual machine by using Belarc Advisor, but I thought the key found on the COA sticker for OEM windows XP PC's are supposed to be tied to the motherboard? Let's take this situation here.  I have 2 PC's. One is an 8 year old desktop that runs windows XP, one is a half a year old laptop that runs windows 8.  Both PC's have OEM windows, that is, both PC's came with windows preinstalled, so a retail copy of windows is not even part of this discussion. 8 year old desktop motherboard died.  Hard drive and its data is still intact.  Recovery discs were made 8 years ago.  This version of XP is Windows XP professional media center edition. Laptop has virtualbox installed.  I got a copy of windows XP by downloading the XP mode installer file from Microsoft, which has the .vhd file that allows me to use XP in virtualbox.  That version of XP is windows XP professional. When I boot up XP mode via virtualbox in my windows 8 machine, it asks for an activation key, or else I only get to use it for 30 days, unless I delete the virtual hard drive, and start over again.  I heard that no... Read more

A:Activate Windows XP on a virtual machine by using Belarc Advisor

Is it even possible to reuse a product key found on a COA sticker from an old PC and activating windows XP, vista, or 7 on a virtual machine running in a different PC by using Belarc Advisor?

OEM COA's are tied to the computers they were originally installed on. 
We cannot assist with this type of XP Mode activation, because it's intended to be used with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise via Windows Virtual PC. 
You'll need to refer to where you obtained the source of information for this, as XP Mode is not licensed to run in VirtualBox, on any OS. 
Sorry, we just don't do these things here. We play by the rules. 

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On my laptop I initially had Windows 7, and within Windows 7 I had a Linux virtual machine (Oracle VirtualBox). Windows 7 then got upgraded to Windows 10, and now VirtualBox (which was working perfectly prior to the upgrade) now does not work.

When I attempt to start up the Linux virtual machine, it causes a blue screen, and I am told my laptop has encountered a problem and needs to restart. Then that's what happens and it happens every time. I have consulted people on the VirtualBox forums and
they tell me it's a Windows 10 problem rather than a VirtualBox problem.

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Hi, I'm trying to set up a virtual machine of Windows 10, on my Lenovo Thinkpad X201, with Windows 7 64-bit as my host system, but when I try to power the virtual machine oon, I get the folowing message:NX/XD is required by windows9 guests.  The processor must support NX/XD and it must be enabled in the BIOS. I know, how to access the BIOS, but do the processor in this computer support those things menchoned, and where in the BIOS can I activate it? Thanks in advance. Best regards:Aksel Christoffersen

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