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Oracle VM VirtualBox (Virtualbox.org) old xp machine

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I have installed Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 4.1.8 on my windows 7 machine.

I have an old XP machine. I am trying to get rid of that machine, before I do that I want to remove its harddisk and create a virtual machine on my windows 7 machine, using that harddisk ... So that I can have a machine exactly like that  XP machine.and I have all the softwares installed on that XP machine directly in the virtual machine..

How can I do that? Thanks a lot...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I would recommend and use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

However, if you have an OEM version of Windows XP, this is a breach of the License Agreement, and it will not function, and requires reactivation on the new VM.

See here

#Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415


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is that free? Thanks
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Yes, ALL fREE.
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You need to leave the hard drive in the physical machine to create the virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

Please note the OEM reference.

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by physical machine you mean my XP machine or my windows7 machine?
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XP Machine. But if the XP License is OEM, it will not work.
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Is the XP machine OEM or Retail.

e.g. did the computer come preinstalled with Windows XP.

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yes i got the computer from my IT support and XP was already there... but I am not sure it a retail cd was installed or it was oem
 
Is there a way to figure out if its OEM or not...
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check My Computer, and check if any logos or support references.

what is the modelmof computer Dell?

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sorry my XP machine is not OEM
my windows 7 machine is OEM

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XP DELL is GX620
windows 7 is dell precision T7500
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Sorry to inform you a converted machine, will not activate, and its a breach of the license agreement to transfer the OS, and as such I have been recently informed EE Experts cannot discuss this further as its against EE rules to participate because we would be infringing the license agreement set down by the OEM.

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no i just found my xp is retail
my windows 7 is OEM
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Okay, if the physical is not OEM, okay to transfer, use P2V as above.

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have you used oracle virtualbox www.virtualbox.org 
which one do you prefer/recommend n why thanks a lot
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Yes, I have used Virtualbox.

Personally I use VMware Workstation, have done for years since 1998, for me performance is better, prefer the UI, better functions.

Virtualbox is a free clone, but does the job.

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ok thanks i will try vmware and see  if thats solving the problem.. thanks again...
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