[ale] Using existing Windows partition in vmware

David Corbin dcorbin at machturtle.com
Mon Dec 1 14:21:38 EST 2003

Yes, it is.  I've done it several times (though not with XP).  There are 
plenty of documents in the VMWare KB about it.  I can't quite remember 
the term they use for it thought.


Jason Vinson wrote:

> Actually,  I have XP installed (a regular install, not a vmware image) 
> on another disk, and I wanted to use that installation.  Is that 
> possible?
> Jason
> Dow Hurst wrote:
>> Yep, just transfer the files that represent the vmware to the new 
>> machine.  The only caveat is that the vmware installation is the same 
>> version.  Otherwise, the windows install will complain about having 
>> to install new drivers for new hardware.  Think of it as unplugging a 
>> win based PC and moving it to another physical location in the same 
>> LAN.  The samba configs usually don't have to be changed either 
>> unless you have a separate Samba server on the Linux workstation from 
>> the vmware Samba server.
>> Dow
>> Jason Vinson wrote:
>>> Has anyone successfully configured vmware to use an existing windows 
>>> (xp) installation instead of using a new virtual install?  I don't 
>>> want to pay for another install of windows when i can just use my 
>>> existing install on another harddrive.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Jason
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