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    VM Question

    2 of the XP programs needed work in W7 32 bit.
    But to use them with W7 64 Is said need a VM program. Before I try one..
    Would a VM boot from a attached XP boot drive?
    So simple ?

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    I use it on windows 8.1 and 10
    Both work great simple to install from inside the VM It takes over the CD drive inside the VM
    I use Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Dave

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    Did you mean to say that a VM install can boot from my attached XP drive?
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    A VM can be placed on and boot from just about any hard drive. I'm not sure what you mean by attached XP drive because there really is no such thing, unless you mean a drive that is or was attached to an XP system.

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    So old is me, aside..
    My XP mobo died, no prob. 1st attached it's HD to my new W7 64 build. Copied its 2nd partition no prob. to a new HD. Did not try the C: yet.
    So could I reattach the sata2 XP boot HD for a VM to boot from. Was my question.

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    Does the VM exist or not? If not, yes, no problem, just use VMWare Player or VirtualBox or another like it and put/install the VM on ANY drive you wish and it will boot from that drive. The faster the drive is the better the performance will be; internal SATA2 will be fine.

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    Sounds like you are trying to boot the Old drive to another systerm. If so, using a VM by itself won't work. For starters, there's the HAL. You can't simply copy/paste program directories to any OS either (that nasty registry prevents doing that for the most part). The only thing you can do is access you files externally. Hope you have the original installers and keys for those programs. Then, of course, once you install an XP VM, you can install those programs and they hopefully will work.

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    NO I do not want to boot from the old XP drive.
    What is HAL?
    No VM installed yet. Leaning towards VMWare Player. As never used one. needing to learn more about.
    Steps I think;
    Re attach the old XP boot drive. Insure that W7 64 has full access to it's C:
    Install VMware player12 to the 'old" XP drive. as FUN suggested.

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    You can convert the old HDD to a VHD with this utility, then boot it in a VirtualBox.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../ee656415.aspx

    cheers, Paul

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    When I stated "NO I do not want to boot from the old XP drive" was for a OS dual boot, not a VM. Sorry..
    Disk2vhd instead of VMware player12 ? Be nice not to have the old XP boot drive attached after.
    Xfer just it's C: with the 2 installed pgms. to a faster HD or ever the boot SSD ?
    More to learn. Thanks All
    Roger

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    Disk2VHD will convert the old hard disk into a file that can used directly in VirtualBox (free) or MS Hyper-V (not free). VMware uses a different format - see this site for converters.

    cheers, Paul

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