Existing Windows installation to Virtualbox. Avalanche inside.
December 5, 2012 4:56 AM Subscribe
How do I successfully take an existing Windows 7 installation from HDD and put it into Virtualbox on Debian, on an SSD? Avalanche inside.
posted by Juso No Thankyou to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently purchased a used Lenovo Thinkpad (X201, 4GB ram, core i5) which came with Windows 7 on its hard disk. I want to be able to use that installation because it's got MS Office, which I'd like to use for work.
The snag here is that I want to run Debian (Squeeze) as my primary OS, and I also want to use my SSD for the higher performance. I don't want to go the dual boot route because I'll end up booting backwards and forwards between Debian and Windows. LibreOffice just isn't cutting it as a drop-in replacement for Office, unfortunately.
I've tried saving the Windows installation as a .VHD file, which I managed to get running in Virtualbox, but after a few boots it became unreliable, started hanging at boot and complaining (surprise surprise) that the hardware had changed and my Windows installation might not be genuine.
What's my best option here for just getting Windows 7 running reliably within Virtualbox? As the machine is still under warranty, I can easily obtain a recovery disk if that is necessary, so I can do a brand new install. At the moment, I'm tempted to just buy a copy of Office, and install that on the Windows XP virtual machine I got set up, but if possible, I'd rather save my money. Have I missed something, or am I making this more complicated than it should be?