Steven Phillips on 8 Feb 2009 12:32:26 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Xp as a VM

         I understood the original poster wanted to use his installed WinXP as both a VM and a native os alternately. My understanding was that he wanted to bounce between using the same install as a vm and as a "boot into" os. The problem was making any changes persistant, whether made in the vm or in the native "boot into".
That would be the Enterprise Edition of WinXP that doesn't deactivate due to hardware changes?


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Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 22:05:51 -0500
From: Brian Stempin <>
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Running installed WinXP in a vm
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List"
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XP Pro does not deactivate due to hardware changes -- XP Home and Vista
might, but Pro will now.

VMWare puts out a free tool that can "rip" a physical machine into a virtual
one.  The tool runs a program on the targeted physical machine and makes a
block level copy of the hard disk(s).  Generally, this is all that you will
need to boot the machine as a VM.



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