Windows 10: Free Conversion tool from RUNNING machine to vmware VM

  1.    14 Oct 2014 #1

    Free Conversion tool from RUNNING machine to vmware VM


    Hi there

    Just in case some people might want to create VM's from their physical running machines this FREE tool from the main VMware Enterprise stuff can be used on Stand alone machines.

    Works fine as well --I've used it to create several VM's from running physical machines (you can carry on working while the tool builds the VM).

    VMware vCenter Converter: P2V Virtual Machine Converter | VMware United Kingdom

    Here's a VM (W8.1 enterprise X-64) created from my Running physical machine (Hostname Blackdog). Photoshop running on the VM - no problem.

    A nice practical use for this for example is to create a W8.1 VM system of your current working machine - with all your applications installed and then from the W8.1 VM you've created you can then do an UPDATE within the VM to W10 -- saves re-installing all your applications again - great for testing too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       15 Oct 2014 #2

    Another option. Since you're using Acronis, you can also create a VHD file from the tib file and create a vm for it.

    NOTE: If your current Windows was installed using EFI then you need to edit .vmx file and add an entry: firmware="efi"

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  3.    15 Oct 2014 #3

    Hi there

    Thanks --that also works too - but Acronis is a PAID product -- the other is FREE.
    A lot of people don't have Acronis. Actually it's quite good now - the past couple of releases were anabsolute dog but ATI 2014 and up work just fine --I find creating the bootable USB version the best - I usually take backups when I'm not working on te machines so "stand alone Bckup" is fine.

    (BTW even if you DON'T have a UEFI enabled computer you can create a UEFI VM with that addition in the configuration file).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       15 Oct 2014 #4

    Thanks --that also works too - but Acronis is a PAID product -- the other is FREE.
    A lot of people don't have Acronis.
    You can use Free Macrium to create it also. That's what I am using.
    Here's a screen shot of Windows 10 Vm:

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    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       15 Nov 2014 #5

    I used this tool,
    Download Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool from Official Microsoft Download Center
    Looks as though vm isn't an option unless I can enable it in the bios ?

    VMware said 64 bit win-8 is not compatible for this system although win-10TP 64 bit was the actual iso to be used
    Didn't try win-8 on the menu options to see if it would throw another error ?
    Cheers.
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