Easy way to update to W10 using existing W8.1 system

  1. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Easy way to update to W10 using existing W8.1 system

    Hi there

    If you want to test W10 builds using all your existing programs then this IMO is the esiest way to do it. This way preserves your REAL W8 / W8.1 / W7 machine.

    1) Install VMware player (FREE)

    2) install VMWARE stand alone converter -- also FREE

    3) Run the VMware converter tool to convert your existing running REAL machine into a Virtual machine (P2V this process is called - Physical to Virtual)

    4) Power on the newly created Virtual machine

    5) run the W10 update from inside the VM --- job done !!!

    Here's a screenshot of the initial Physical ==> Virtual machine conversion using the VMware conversion tool.

    Easy way to update to W10 using existing W8.1 system-vmconverter.png

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  2. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro

    A good tip Jimbo.

    Here's a tutorial to do the same for those running Windows 8 / 8.1 with Hyper-V: Hyper-V - Create and Use VHD of Windows 10 with Disk2VHD. Although tutorial is written for Windows 10 the exactly same procedure applies to Windows 8 / 8.1.

    The method can also be used by users with Windows 7 and Windows Virtual PC to create a vhd of existing physical Windows installation and use it in Windows Virtual PC to create a new vm.

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  3. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
    Thread Starter

    Hi there

    Great idea if you want to use HYPER-V too -- I'll have a go with that later after New years day. !!! Creating a VHD of your REAL machine is a great tip.

    BTW if you do use VMware ensure that the VM settings set the USB compatibility to USB2 and NOT USB3 for Windows 10 or you will find the task bar doesn't work and the mouse connections can get hosed up. !!! (WKS 11 / vmplayer 7. Earlier versions don't support (officially) Windows 10 guests.

    Problem also with HYPER-V is that it only runs on Windows Hosts so if you are running a Linux host no go.

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