TheNostalgiaMas
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Windows XP Virtual Disk problems

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I've used disk2vhd to copy the contents of my old Acer Laptop's hard drive, with Windows XP SP3 installed, to my MSI computer in order to run it as a virtual machine. However, whenever I boot it up, whether it be in VirtualBox or VMWare, I get this error:

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I've done this with another computer with Windows XP SP2 and that one ran well. This buggy virtual drive is a .vhd file. I have opened the contents of this hard drive myself, and compared the system file with that of the working Windows hard drive, so I can only assume that Windows is having trouble accessing the system file in the first place.

What do I do?

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RDPetruska
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Use the free VMware Converter instead - this will not only create the image of the hard disk as a virtual disk, but also inject the required drivers for the virtual machine to boot and access the disk.

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RDPetruska
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Use the free VMware Converter instead - this will not only create the image of the hard disk as a virtual disk, but also inject the required drivers for the virtual machine to boot and access the disk.

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TheNostalgiaMas
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Hm, okay, I'll try that. But it's gonna take a while because my Acer is slow, struggles to boot up with USBs/external hard drives plugged in and yeah...

I'll get back to you with the results.

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TheNostalgiaMas
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I've downloaded VMware vCenter Converter onto an external hard drive, opened it on my acer, and now it wants me to access a remote Converter server!?

I've logged into localhost with my username and password and now it gives me an error saying it can't connect. What now? How am I even supposed to use this?

EDIT: Oh yeah, and Windows XP is not supported on the version of vCenter Converter that I got, so I'm gonna need an older version...

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scott28tt
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This should help: About VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User Guide

There are sections about installation, how to convert a physical machine, and other configuration.

Although 6.2 doesn't officially support XP, it should still work.

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TheNostalgiaMas
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Okay so I managed to convert my Acer. Turns out that it's best to install the Converter ON THE COMPUTER instead of on an external hard drive.

Now I shall wait for the conversion to complete and transfer the VM files to VMware and go from there.

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TheNostalgiaMas
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It worked! I simpy had to transfer the files from my external hard drive to my gaming laptop, activate Windows over the Internet and everything is fine. I didn't even need to put in a product key!!!

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