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I want to make a vmware image my laptop(windows 7 pro) which can i play under vmware player.

is it possible  ? how can i do that?

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do i need converter ? or how can i convert my laptop to vmware image?
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If it is an OEM version of Windows 7 Pro, then you can't do that, as the license of OEM versions prohibit this. If you are using a standard or VL license version of Windows 7 Pro, you can use VMware's free vCenter Converter Which can make VM's from hardware and vice versa.

Usually what also works in most cases is to use an image backing up utility to first make a backup of your laptop, then restore that image to a VM. With this method you may have to start the VM in Windows 7 repair mode so it can remove the wrong drivers and install new ones. Paragon's utilities include restore to different hardware options (not the free tools, but the paid ones do), which makes this more likely to work, or it also includes the rescue kit (free) which can make the restored image usable as a VM.

https://www.paragon-software.com/

You'll have to reactivate your license for the VM, so make sure you have an extra Windows license, or that you don't use the original installation of Windows 7 anymore.
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Yes, it's possible.

Create a P2V, see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

But if your Windows 7 License came with your laptop...

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

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html
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