I am converting a WinXpProSp3 machine and/or hard drive using VmWare Workstation 8 and WinImage and then attempting to start/boot the VM.
WinXp was a 32Bit os, the new host is Win7 64 Home Premium.
The VM from the Phsyical Conversion, booted 2 times, where of course it started with the Microsoft Activation, and it wasn't able to connect through the network, so activation failed, restarted the VM.
I attempted to access via Safe Mode, and it failed to boot, windows auto-restarted.
Tried various common boot methods, no change.
I am now going to being the process of editing the VHD, modifying boot files, activation status, and what not to see if I can get windows to boot and be operable and see if I can get it going from there.
I'd like to see what we can do to troubleshoot this VM boot issue.
I also have another approach where I used EaseUS TODO Backup, performed a backup, and then used it to convert to VmWare and then mounted that disk image, it started with the more severe "Windows could not start due to a computer hardware issue" this is the message that comes up immediately, without hesitation indicating it is very displeased with the hardware profile.....
I also tried that into Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and it also had the same issue.
Thank you for any and all assistance!