May 15 2009

Converting a Virtual PC to a Virtual Box – P 5: Copy your VPC System Image to another computer.

Copy the VPC image you just created to another computer.

To do this you will have to boot back into Windows on the VPC you are converting.

STEPS

  1. You should now be back in Windows in the VPC you are converting (if you followed STEP 4.)
  2. Browse to the new drive you created in PART 2 and you should see your freshly minted drive IMAGE there.
  3. You have to get that file (or files) copied off of the VPC onto a REAL PC. To do this you can use SHARED FOLDER feature of VPC or you can use a network folder.
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE – i find that SHARED FOLDERS are very unreliable. Many times when I use this feature of VPC I get WRITE errors. Use a network if you can. (One good reason to switch to VirtualBox.)
  5. Shut down your Virtual PC.

Now you are ready to begin transferring your disk image to a shiny new VirtualBox.

COMING SOON!

A video demo of this step.

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May 15 2009

Converting a Virtual PC to a VirtualBox – P 4: Create an image of your system drive.

Create an image of your system drive.

If you followed the last steps of PART 3 you should have now booted into your imaging software.

STEPS

  1. Use your imaging software to create an image of your VPC.
  2. Be sure that the image is created onto new Hard Drive that your created in PART 2
  3. After the system drive is imaged…reboot to the PC…to do this use the VPC CD menu to unmount the CD or ISO.
  4. Boot Back into Windows.

You have to boot back into windows because you have to get the IMAGE you just created OUT of the Virtual PC and onto a REAL PC. More on that in the next step.

COMING SOON!

A video demo of this step.

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May 15 2009

Converting a Virtual PC to a VirtualBox – P 3: Start VPC, format the new HD, remove Virtual Machine Additions

Start VPC, format the new HD, remove Virtual Machine Additions

You can’t save the image of your system drive until the new hard drive is formatted

and you VPC Machine Additions can conflict with the VBox Machine Additions…so to avoid problems let’s remove them.

STEPS

  1. Select and click Start for the VPC you want to convert.
  2. After booting use the Windows Disk Management tool to format your drive. To get to it right click on My Computer and choose Manage. (New versions of windows can type Disk Management into the Search bar.)
  3. Create a partition on the new drive and format it using the defaults.
  4. Add a New Hard Drive to your Virtual PC using the usual methods…hint…right click the new drive…after creating the partition…right click to format.
  5. After the disk is formatted…shutdown the disk manager and remove the VPC Virtual Machine Additions. Do this using Control Panel/Add Remove Programs. DO NOT RESTART.
  6. IMPORTANT: Mount the CD drive or ISO image that has your bootable disk. You do this by clicking the Settings menu of VPC and clicking the CD menu.
  7. Restart your PC. The VPC should start up into the imaging software…NOT windows.

When you restart the software your machine should restart into the Imaging Software you use. I use Image for Windows which is very effective and pretty inexpensive. That comes with bootable imaging software called Image for Dos and Image for Linux. I use the Image for Linux software. But you can use whatever you want or already have. If you don’t have imaging software check out the Ultimate Boot CD which is freeware and has imaging software included. But don’t ask me for help using it…I use Image for Windows.

COMING SOON!

A video demo of this step.

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May 15 2009

Converting a Virtual PC to a VirtualBox – P 2: Add a new virtual drive to your PC

Add a new virtual drive to your PC

This will be the target drive for your VPC image created in a later step

STEPS

  1. Start Virtual PC
  2. Click on the VPC you want to convert.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Add a New Hard Drive to your Virtual PC using the usual methods

This new hard drive will be used as the target drive for imaging the main System Drive of your PC.

COMING SOON!

A video demo of this step.

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May 15 2009

Converting a Virtual PC to a VirtualBox – P 1: Getting Started

Getting Started

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TOPICS:
Why convert.
Tools you will need.

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