Virtualization is powerful, cost-effective and easy. And thanks to latest hypervisor improvements its fast too.
– What if you could use your existing Windows computer, that already has all your favorite programs installed, and turn into a virtual machine?
– What if you could virtualize the Physical PC and make it portable inside any virtual machine running on a different system.
Here are the possible combinations:
1. You are running Windows 7 and you want compatibility of XP softwares.
Step 1. Download
Microsoft’s Sysinternals has made an application called Disk2vhd, that lets you easily migrate an existing computer to a virtualized hard drive (VHD). It’s a tiny utility doesn’t even require installation. Download here
Alternatively, you can use VMware Converter too (for Windows, Linux, Mac Hosts). The procedure is almost same.
Step 2. Creating Virtual HDD
Run Disk2vhd, it will immediately show you all the drives and partitions on your computer that it can migrate to a VHD. Simply select a drive that you wish to create a VHD file from and click Create. Disk2vhd will convert the hard drive into a VHD file even if the computer /drive is currently in use.
Wait while it finishes and creates .vhd file. This could take several minutes depending upon drive size.
Step 3. Run it in your Virtualization software
You may use Disk2vhd to create virtual machines of your Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and higher machines, including x64 systems.