Running Win7 Home Premium virtual machine on a Win10 Pro computer.

Alan Silverman
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Customer has a Dell Studio desktop that died.  Win7 Home 64bit.  Tried putting the hard drive (crucial 512gb ssd) into a Dell Optiplex but got blue screen of death.  Maybe because Optiplexes are generally Pro versions. Or because this Studio has a Celeron processor.

Can I set up this hard drive as  a virtual machine in Optiplex? That way I wouldn't have to reinstall the programs.

The Dell I'd put in on would run Win10 64bit pro with 32GB ram, I5.  A loaded machine. Could be either old mbr bios or newer UEFI. It's only be to run the virtual machine.  

 If it can be done, I'd need a step by step approach for doing it.

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yo_beeDirector of Information Technology

Do you have a full image backup of the W7 or another machine that you can try an boot the machine.

If you do not have a full image backup you will most likely need to find a machine to successfully boot this OS and take a full image backup or using P2V software.
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As Yo_bee has said above, or VMware Converter (free) to make a virtual machine for VMware.
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Download CloneZilla (or other pc clone software) to make a PC backup image with Windows 7 (alternatively you can use Windows 7 Image Backup).
Save the image on an external HD.
Install VirtualBox on your Windows 10.
Create a new Virtual Machine (VM) with hard disk, bigger than image size, CPU, RAM as you like.
Start the VM with the CloneZilla restore disk or the Windows 7 restore disk

On the internet there are many videos on how to create a VM with Virtualbox or on how to make an image and restore a PC with CloneZilla / Windows7


Thanks to all for your help.

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