Convert Physical Windows Systems Into Virtual Machines To Be Run On A Linux Desktop - Page 2

3 Convert Your Windows Desktop Into A Virtual Machine

Now start VMware Converter (it will start automatically if you have chosen Run VMware Converter now. at the end of the VMware Converter installlation).

We don't need to add licenses as VMware Converter's Starter Mode offers all we need (and in Starter Mode VMware Converter is free). Therefore we click on Continue in Starter Mode:

The VMware Converter interface opens. Please click on Import Machine:

The VMware Converter wizard starts. Click on Next:

Click on Next again:

Choose Physical computer as the source:

We want to convert the local machine, therefore we select This local machine and click on Next:

Select the volumes that you want to convert. Normally the default values are ok:

Click on Next:

I want to run the virtual machine in VMware Server, therefore I select VMware standalone virtual machine (Workstation or VMware Server):

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From: at: 2007-02-22 22:04:43

Just an FYI here.  The converter will not work if the only drive you are converting is SATA. It creates a VM that will not boot.


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From: Anonymous at: 2009-07-21 21:02:01

VMware Converter does not run in Windows NT 4.

From: Anonymous at: 2012-06-13 14:29:34

Version 4.0.1 lists that it will work on NT SP6+ and 2000.

From: Matthew at: 2010-12-11 16:43:08

Hi, just a comment regards the legal implications of running Windows as a virtual machine.  I was reading the license terms of  Windows Vista Home which was preinstalled on my quad core machine and I noted apparently Vista Home was only licensed for machines with dual core processors and not to be installed under a virtual environment.

So are some versions of Windows legal for use under virtual machines and other versions not.

Though perhaps the license terms were just well out of date as was the case with XP I believe.

From: Jeff at: 2009-04-22 14:59:17

Do you know if this software can convert Windows Server 2003 Standard?

From: Anonymous at: 2009-04-05 12:54:29

As long as your source xp system is already been activated, there is no need to activate the virtual system either.


From: Anonymous at: 2008-10-09 19:28:12

does the conversion process impact the original version of windows.  Will the original version still operate as if nothing has happened?

From: Anonymous at: 2009-03-04 01:15:45

it does not affect the original windows install in any way; it will still run like nothing happened.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-03-21 00:06:31

Will the newly created image require activation?

From: mike at: 2009-05-28 01:36:47


Between this and your perfect step by step guide on installing vmware server from source, YOU HAVE MY GRATITUDE.

 But how does vmware server do with system resources? What's the average CPU and memory usages per vm you run? Could a simple 3 ghz (single core, 32 bit) with 3 gigs of ram handle my system (pretty much exactly as the example in your guide)? If I cant get halo 1 and rosetta stone thru alcohol I'll have to go back to dual boot.

From: Sam at: 2009-08-14 17:08:22

WOW thanks for opening up my eyes to this. So, on a dual boot system, I can: convert Windows partition to virtual copy the files over to the Linux side of the hard drive install vmware (following your guide) run windows from within Ubuntu for a couple of weeks or so when happy everything is running properly, kill the windows partition and let windows live inside Ubuntu. This is a GREAT idea. No more dual booting. Just fire up Windows inside Ubuntu! Thanks

From: Andy at: 2009-09-16 04:52:36

Does this work with Vista?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-02-25 21:42:18

This does not work with OEM licensed versions of Windows. The license will kick you out of the OS. Which means that for everyone that has a version of Windows that "came with the computer" this won't work.

It will work with VLK and non-OEM keys.


From: Anonymous at: 2011-09-03 06:21:57

Is this really true ?  

From: Anonymous at: 2011-02-08 14:51:28

This is not works with NT4.0!!

From: sbdunford at: 2011-09-01 23:46:51

There are some physical to virtual conversion tools out there as well, like SmartDeploy. It will take physical XP machine and convert it to VMware, Windows Virtual PC VM, Virtual Box, and others.