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I need older version of VMware Standalone Converter that will work on XP

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I'm trying to P to V an old XPmode PC.  All the instructions on the internet seem to reset it to a fresh PC with OOB experience.  I have everything installed on it. I think I just really need a P to V Standalone converter, but old enough to do an XP box.  I can't find any live links on VMWare to get the version I need.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Have you tried the current version ?

and what version do you need or think you need ?
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Everything I read said that you must be 6.0 or earlier.  I didn't even try 6.2, for fear I'd mess up my host file.  One article said 5.8.3 worked beautifully.  I did the same thing back in 2015 without issue, with a version I got back then.  It was less than version 6. The supported operating systems for 6.2 does NOT list XP.
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The reason I asked if you had TRIED 6.2, because very often what is READ on the INTERNET is WRONG!

see screenshot for demonstration.

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This is "VMware Converter 6.2" converting a Windows XP SP3 computer.

Windows XP does not require an earlier version of VMware Converter.

What VMware meant is Windows XP is NOT SUPPORTED, because when an OS is End of Life, such as Microsoft Windows XP SP3, VMware cannot support the environment for their software because they cannot get support from Microsoft.

Not that it does not work!

Support and Working are two different things!

So please try it...

(6.2 was only released in 2018-05-22, so did not exist in 2015).

Having written extensively about "VMware Converter" and P2V/V2V, to quote from my own article

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.

Sometimes the problems are not to do with the version! 6.2 does work with Windows XP SP3 successfully.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2.0.1

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

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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Completed.

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new VM power-on, detecting devices... and prompting to restart

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Well, don't believe everything you read!!!   I'll try it first thing tomorrow!

Thanks!
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Internet is full of foo!

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Thanks for helping me with my issue. The XPMode is running well in VMWare Player!  I do have a tip for copying files to and from an XPmode PC...  Seems as though a shared folder and doing a network copy between the host and the XPmode PC has issues. It told me it would take 3 hours and 45 minutes to copy the VMware converter 6.2 to a shared folder on the XPmode PC.  The PC had USB 3.0, so I copied the CONVERTER to the 3.0, shared the device with the XPMode and copied it to the XPmode desktop in less than a minute. Then when I ran the converter, I set the SHARED USB 3.0 device as my destination. It copied super fast.  I then loaded the VM created back to the Windows 7 host.  No problems. It ran flawlessly, installed the VMware tools, and it works like a charm.

The XPMode wasn't licensed, which in the past, I used telephone activation and had no issues, just time consuming, but I found an article that told me to put this line in the .VMX file and PRESTO! It was activated, or at least, didn't complain.

xpmode.enabled = "TRUE"

Very helpful tip.

Thanks again Andrew!!!
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Everything I read said that you must be 6.0 or earlier.

See no need for an old version! Internet Foobar!

No problems with speed here across networks..., depends on your environment, many variables, speed of source file system, speed of destination file system, and speed of network!