Upgrading a PC using VM to Hardware Migration

Trying to upgrade a PC from Windows 7 x64 to Windows 8.1 x64.  I typically like fresh install OS, no matter what. Given that in the process of a fresh install many personalized settings and files may be lost, I was wondering if there is a way to utilize VM to install the new OS without any impact to the physical hardware or current OS, setup the VM with the various personal APPS / software that we need, and with the ability to switch back and forth between the physical OS and the VM OS to carbon copy personal files, settings and etc..

Once we have a fully functional VM that is satisfactory, then migrate it to the physical hardware of the PC.  

Is this possible?

Any problems, issues or precautions?

How would I go about doing it?
esabetAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Webinar] Streamline your web hosting managementRegister Today

x
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It is possible, you can use a VMware Hypervisor

VMware Player 6.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 10.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

tor create your virtual machine, and tweak all your settings, and then you can transfer this to physical hardware which we call a V2P, this can be achieved, with Acronis Software, and Universal Restore (to bare metaL) e.g. new PC.
0
 
esabetAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  Is VMware Workstation preferred over VMware Player?

Can you also give a brief overview of the process (i.e. How Acronis comes into the picture?).

Lastly, would I be able to run the VM and the current OS simultaneously so that I can transfer files between the two "machines"?
0
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thank you.  Is VMware Workstation preferred over VMware Player?

VMware Player is a cut down free version of VMware Workstation, which is available as a trial but not free.

Can you also give a brief overview of the process (i.e. How Acronis comes into the picture?).

It's a backup product, so you would install in the Virtual Machine, Backup to a Remote Location. e.g. USB external hard disk.

Boot your physical computer with the Acronis CDROM Media, locate the Backup, select universal restore, and Restore the Backup.

Lastly, would I be able to run the VM and the current OS simultaneously so that I can transfer files between the two "machines"?

Yes, either through normal networking, or a function called Shared Folders
0
 
esabetAuthor Commented:
Thank you again. I think now I understand the process.

Is Acronis your preferred backup/restore app?
0
 
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
For Universal Restore to Bare Metal - yes.
0
All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.