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restore PC HDD from EUHD via Virtual PC

August 31, 2010 at 15:17:10
Specs: Windows 64, plenty
Two part question:


My laptop running Windows Vista Ultimate - 32 bit recently went out on me. The Laptop - not the hard drive. The hard drive is alive and well. I now have a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I have my old hard drive on an exteranl usb hard drive and can access all my files with no problem. However - one program in particular I have was 32 bit. I would HIGHLY prefer not to have to repurchase it simply for the 64 bits. I am interested in exploring the possibility of loading Microsoft Virtual PC which I have done, and copying the entire image of the old hard drive into a Virtual PC - I have plenty of room on my new hard drive with additional room to spare.


1.) How can I restore the image of my old PC from the external hard drive to Microsoft Virtual PC so that I can run it as a completely seperate PC.

2.) Can I image a 32 bit operating system onto Virtual PC with a 64 bit host and still run 32 bit applications?

thanks in Advance


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August 31, 2010 at 16:21:38
#1. You can only transfer an OS image from one computer to another if the hardware is very similar. The hardware of your laptop and the emulated hardware of VirtualPC aren't even close. The chances of this working are about nill. You wold have to obtain and install a legal copy of Vista.

#2. You can install and run a 32 bit client OS on Virtual PC on a 64 bit host.

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September 1, 2010 at 04:44:27
Thanks for the response. I have a question - for #1 you say that I can't do it unless my hardware specs are close and that mine aren't. But for #2 you say that you can run 32 bit OS on a 64 bit OS. I didn't give any hw specs other than the bit process so are you assuming it's different do to the bits and if so wouldn't that mean #2 wouldn't work or is #2 correct an #1 is invalid? - by no means to be indifference just that there may be a piece in the logic not present. It's hard to follow that both are correct given the information.

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September 1, 2010 at 17:56:21
There are many ways you can convert it. One way is to use ntbackup and be sure to copy the registry and other sam files.

You may be able to use one of the P2V applications. They usually work with the current os though.

You should be able to use g4u to make a dd image of the drive. Be sure to not use compression. Then you can use qemu image tools to convert it to your VM format.

There are also ways to simply copy the app. See the ubuntu photoshop cs on wine how to's. They basically say take working folders and the software portion of registry and add it to a working 32 bit system.

There might be some other ways too like ghost or maybe even vista's tools.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 1, 2010 at 17:59:49
Microsoft also makes basically the virtualpc deal that is for some versions of their OS. It includes basically a copy of xp and works seemless to your OS.

I do use g4u to copy complete drive data. It is really dd. There are other partition tools but you have to be sure to get the image of the entire disk and in a way that some other tool can work with it. Some versions of ghost can be used to make a VM maybe acronis too.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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