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How to virtualize a windows partition and then use it under linux?

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HI

I have a laptop with windows 7 and I would like to virtualize its partition and then use it in a computer with Linux Fedora 18, is that possible and how to?

Thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, that's easy todo, firstly you need to create a P2V using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

see my EE Artcicles

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

then when you have a VMDK (VM), you can use in the following:-

VMware Player 5.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 9.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]
http://www.virtualbox.org/ 

But also note the following if you have an OEM version of Windows 7, e.g. it was purchased with the 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.

Source
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

What this means, is you maybe required to Re-Activate, and Purchase a Retail License.
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by:dimensionav
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HI hanccocka

Great links, but at the moment of starting vmware I got the following error:

kernel headers for version 3.9.6-200.fc18.x86_64 were not found....
and then asks for a path

They should be installed because previously I have done the following:

yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc mkinitrd

Any ideas?
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If this is installing VMware Player, a little off topic for this question.
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