Does anyone know of a way to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine?

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I am looking to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine.  The oldest version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 does not support WIndows XP 32 BIT.  Does anyone know of a way to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Yes, you cannot do it that way any more unless you can find an even older version of converter.

What you can do:  Get an XP license (eBay have XP CDs and Keys - just be sure of your vendor). Make a new VM with this in VMware Workstation, set it up and load your applications.  That should work - I have an XP VM here on my computer.
Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

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You can try cloning the disk with cloning software, and then cloning to a virtual machine of the proper size... Then you do a repair install to see if you can fix the drivers.
Or once I actually installed vmware tools and drivers into a copy of the physical machine before cloning and got it to boot... But that is less likely
leakim971Multitechnician
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
unless you can find an even older version of converter

like the VMware-converter-3.0.2u1-62456.exe ?
https://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22VMware-converter-3.0.2u1-62456.exe%22
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The best way to do this:

Create a full Disk image backup with a program like Acronis or Clonezilla to external media (SSD connected to SATA connection on the old system if possible - USB takes a long time...).

Create your destination virtual environment: set the disk size, memory, and other required options to run the restored machine.

Restore the image to the new virtual hardware you have created.

Setup your drivers manually.

Enjoy.

I have done this with Esxi 4.1 - 5.5 and server 2.0. I would think that it would work in workstations and the newer esxi.
Normally, this is done to maintain a specific program: if this is the case, there may be other options.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Expert of the Year 2018

Commented:
Might work but I have not seen that around for a while
leakim971Multitechnician
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
I believe the VMware-vcenter-converter-4.0.1.exe can do the job installed on a "server" machine, so you can create your image booting a cdrom/flashdisk on the xp machine a create the virtual from another one

https://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22VMware-vcenter-converter-4.0.1.exe%22
Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

Commented:
IF you can find a legitimate older copy of vmware converter and not just google onto a copy that who knows who tampered with...
leakim971Multitechnician
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
@Scott, I know the "google it yourself" can have a bad interpretation. I just want to say: "google for this EXACT filename
I got results for both EXACT filename

got results
leakim971Multitechnician
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
legitimate older copy of vmware converter
the second link is from vmware...
Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

Commented:
The second link is release notes... I didn't see any download links... VMWare says they pulled the downloads of this a while back...
Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions Consulting

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+1 for Acronis, probably the best way.
For another option, you can get windows xp mode FROM MICROSOFT and use it to build a new vm. the trick is getting it to license...
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8002

https://zeltser.com/windows-xp-mode-for-vmware-virtualization/

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-windows-xp-for-free-and-legally-straight-from-microsoft-si/
leakim971Multitechnician
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
+1 for Acronis, probably the best way.

not free
leakim971Multitechnician
Top Expert 2014

Commented:
This work fine too : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd
once you get the vhd, it's easy to convert to vmdk (DiskImage, StarWind V2V, ...)
hecgomrecNetwork Administrator

Commented:
This might sound crazy, but if you have the Software for your XP why you just don't create the VM with that and once is up and running go to your physical XP and run Files and Settings Transfer.  Put the files in a shared drive where both machine can access and then run the process in the VM to transfer everything back.

I mean... it is very straight forward and no extra software require.  The only thing is that you need your XP software to do it!!

Good Luck!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Expert of the Year 2018

Commented:
It is not crazy; it is what I suggested farther back; and it will work better (much better)
hecgomrecNetwork Administrator

Commented:
Well this is even more crazy!!!

The actual vCenter Converter will work for XP.

If you are confused you just need to install the software in another machine that is connected on the same network as the XP.

Here is the info for the guest list:  vCenter-Converter-Standalone 6.2 Release notes
VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
(Best Practice is to install VMware Converter on the physical hardware to P2V not network conversion!)

Umm, okay it would seem an awful lot has been written and said in this thread!!!! Please read on...

The question...

I am looking to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine.  The oldest version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 does not support WIndows XP 32 BIT.  Does anyone know of a way to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine?

Does it NOT ? Please read on, and this may come to surprise ALL that has posted above, and may learn something today...

The latest version of "VMware Converter" shortened.... is  6.2.0.8....Build something.....

It is true that VMware have stated does not support, but the meaning does not support and does not work are very different!

Just to prove this fact, I've installed for YOU, a Windows XP (vanilla build) updated with SP1 and then SP3, and installed "VMware Converter 6.2.0.8 fresh download from VMware on XP SP3"

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone is the tools for the job, nothing else. It's FREE and works.

see below...

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Any other issues are not to do with support, or issues with VMware Converter, BUT other related Converter issues.

I've written extensively about VMware Converter, here are some of my EE Articles...

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

I hope I have demonstrated the misinformation around this very topic!!!!

If you have issues with your conversion.... I wrote.. so I'll quote...

Whether you are a VMware vSphere Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert, Physical to Virtual conversions sometimes are not easy, and many issues can arise, a successful conversion requires 50% technical knowledge, 25% patience and  25% luck to get a successful conversion. Sometimes it is not as simple, as install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, and click next to obtain a successful conversion.

So back to the original question....above...

I am looking to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine.

Okay, use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

The oldest version of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 does not support WIndows XP 32 BIT.  

Technically - yes - VMware does not support it, because Windows XP is out of support by Microsoft, but it still works and converts! Use the latest download available from VMware.

Does anyone know of a way to create a VMware virtual machine from a physical Windows XP 32 BIT machine?

Yes, use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.8.

Answered ?

Oh and here...

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and here is the conversion and source...

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NOTE: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR WINDOWS XP IS NOT AN OEM EDITION! ACTIVATION WILL BREAK. THIS IS NOT A VMWARE CONVERTER ISSUES! OEM EDITIONS OFTEN SHIPPED WITH HARDWARE. TECHNICALLY IT CAN BE P2V BUT ACTIVATION BREAKS
hecgomrecNetwork Administrator

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Thanks to Andrew for confirming....  Nice job with the tutorial!!!... that's why I like this place!!!

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