Who else runs Win 10 in a VM?

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  1. Kari's Avatar
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       #11

    Bree said:
    PS: Macrium and Hyper-V make an excellent working partnership. Macrium's viBoot can boot a Macrium image as a Hyper-V VM.
    I usually do the Insider upgrades with Macrium viBoot. When a new build is released, I make the ISO using UUP Dump, boot my last Macrium backup as virtual machine, upgrade it from ISO in the background, and restore the image to my PC when done.

    Macrium automatically creates my backups every night, a monthly full, weekly differential and daily incremental, so I have quite a fresh backup to use for upgrade.

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  2. Lance1's Avatar
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       #12

    Well! I created a VM of my system with VMware vCenter Converter and am post from that VM thanks to hsehestedt. I'm giggling like a little kid.
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  3. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Lance, I'm really glad that you are enjoying it so much!

    It's nice to see someone else get the same reaction that I had to this. That whole concept of virtualizing a system just puts a big old smile on my face too. It's like black magic.

    I'll share a quick story where this really came in handy for me....

    A few years ago, at the company I was working for at the time, I was transitioning from a desktop computer to a laptop after my desktop failed. I had some special requests rather than just taking an off the shelf configuration so that was going to take a week or two, but my main system was completely dead so it seemed that I would have no choice but to take an off the shelf configuration. Then I had an idea...

    I took an image backup I had made from my desktop computer and restored it to a VM on my own personal laptop and ran it in "exclusive mode". So for two weeks, my primary work computer was actually a VM. Worked great. In fact, the VM worked better than the real machine because the desktop was an old machine but the VM was running on a modern laptop.

    Gotta love when the technology works so well.
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  4. Lance1's Avatar
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       #14

    hsehestedt said:
    Lance, I'm really glad that you are enjoying it so much!

    It's nice to see someone else get the same reaction that I had to this. That whole concept of virtualizing a system just puts a big old smile on my face too. It's like black magic.

    I'll share a quick story where this really came in handy for me....

    A few years ago, at the company I was working for at the time, I was transitioning from a desktop computer to a laptop after my desktop failed. I had some special requests rather than just taking an off the shelf configuration so that was going to take a week or two, but my main system was completely dead so it seemed that I would have no choice but to take an off the shelf configuration. Then I had an idea...

    I took an image backup I had made from my desktop computer and restored it to a VM on my own personal laptop and ran it in "exclusive mode". So for two weeks, my primary work computer was actually a VM. Worked great. In fact, the VM worked better than the real machine because the desktop was an old machine but the VM was running on a modern laptop.

    Gotta love when the technology works so well.
    That is one interesting story. Isn't it funny how the light bulb comes on and you just run with it. I'm going run this VM on my laptop tomorrow. I have a lot of reading to do on virtualization. It'll be a bit of a learning curve but I've figured a lot out on my own already. I can't foresee a problem getting this down. Thanks again for pointing me to that program. I want to look into Bree information as well.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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       #15

    Lance1 said:
    That is one interesting story. Isn't it funny how the light bulb comes on and you just run with it...

    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt....


    ...I want to look into Bree information as well.

    ...enjoy!

    Posting this from my successfully restored VM of the main machine. Took its time, but then the network connection to the image I was restoring was limited by the WiFi speed...


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  6. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #16

    Hi folks

    been running these for years

    I usually have Linux as my main OS and run any number of Windows VM's (even going back as far as Windows 3.11 for workgroups !!) -- No problems these days with decent Virtualising software. Haven't "Dual booted" for years -- a really old Dinosaur way to run multiple OS'es especially modern systems of virtualisation can run almost as fast as Native. I still have the odd laptop where I run Windows as the main OS or if I want to test HYPER-V stuff but normally I keep Windows (all flavours of it) on VM's. May main VM software is VMWare workstation Pro -- just causes me less hassle and seems more easy to manage than the VBOX alternatives even though VMWare Workstation is a commercial product --you can of course use the Free VMWare player product if you want a fee one but I prefer the PRO --especially for snapshotting / VM's in teams etc etc.

    @CountMike

    I'm back again to watching the Tennis at Wimbledon -- wasn't me causing the problem with Champagne corks popping out on to the courts interrupting play !!!!!!

    Cheers
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  7. Lance1's Avatar
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       #17

    I have a question for ether hsehestedt, Bree or jimbo45 or anyone ells who wants to jump it for that fact. I was thinking last night can I boot a computer from VMware without a Host? If so would I need VMware 15 Pro for this? I'm running on VMware 15 Player right now. I just got on my computer just now "With My Morning Coffee Mind You" I'll start looking around Net for an answer but I would think if the answer came from this forum it would help just not me but others as well. Look foreword to hearing from both of you.

    Your Truly

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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (2004) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #18

    Lance1 said:
    I have a question for ether hsehestedt, Bree or jimbo45 or anyone ells who wants to jump it for that fact. I was thinking last night can I boot a computer from VMware without a Host? If so would I need VMware 15 Pro for this? I'm running on VMware 15 Player right now....
    Don't know about VMware, but you should find Kari's tutorial interesting reading (though I've not tried it myself).

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  9. Kari's Avatar
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       #19

    Bree said:
    Don't know about VMware, but you should find Kari's tutorial interesting reading (though I've not tried it myself).

    Hyper-V - Native Boot VHD

    The tutorial you linked to shows how to boot natively to an existing Hyper-V virtual hard disk. However, it is also possible to start from scratch, install Windows to a VHD without any virtualisation software.

    I use Windows 10 mainly in English (real British English, not the the colonial one!), and have installed W10 in both my native languages Finnish and Swedish on virtual hard disks:

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    Because of Windows 10 digital licensing, they are automatically activated.

    I've posted a video in Ten Forums video thread to show how to install Windows for dual / multi boot on a virtual hard disk:



    See the video post for more details and instructions.

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  10. Mystere's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #20

    Bree said:
    Don't know about VMware, but you should find Kari's tutorial interesting reading (though I've not tried it myself).
    Hyper-V - Native Boot VHD
    Yes, this is not a virtual machine (just a virtual hard disk), but it does allow you to boot multiple OS's on the same physical disk. For those people that don't necessarily want to run multiple OS's simultaneously, but would rather just boot to different OS's, without the need to partition the drive.
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