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Hi, I have recently upgraded an XP system to windows 7 Pro. the problem is that some of the software that was used in the xp system cannot run on windows 7 also cant run using the XP mode, I still get issues its a really old software. so my solution is to add the old system on the new computer as a virtual pc. I created the .vhd using Acronis ABR11.5 and then tried it out on a windows 8 computer with Hyper-v, it worked perfectly. now I'm trying to do it on the windows 7 system, and I get an error that the hard drive is to large and that it shouldn't exceed 127GB. now the file is about 50GB but the image was created from a 160GB hard drive, is there a way to get this to work on my Windows 7 Pro? the total files on the image are no more than 60GB tops.
Thanks in advanced
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by:Sean
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as far as i know no you cannot what you will need to do is reduce the size of the physical machine's HD then to a p2v. I am sure there are some hack and slash way to do this but from what i have read it is definitely not worth it nor is it easy.
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Hi I found a solution to my problem, I didn't reduce the size of the VHD but I installed Virtual box and created a virtual PC there with the VHD I had, Virtual box doesn't restrict the size of the VHD, at least not to 127.5GB so I was able to just mount and use, no problem.
Thanks any way
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by:Diego_Jaen
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this solution fixed my problem, the other suggestion was not very good.
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