martyfelker said:
I am now quite satisfied with this build after going through the lenglthy process of getting to this pointAttachment 251746

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I am also quite satified with the results on the physical machine. I am running VMware Converter so I can copy a VM of the physical machine to Linux. This program is highly recommended and free. Of course for best results you need to shell out big time for VMware Workstation 15.5 but I believe you can still get a freeware version of VMware Player to play the VM.
Hi there

The VMWare converter sometimes has issues with Mouse and keyboard on the VM -- the easiset method (IMO) is simply to do the following as a "generic" workflow for performing a P2V (Physical to Virtual Conversion).

1) Backup / image existing system (this should be done regularly anyway).

2) Uninstall anything you don't want transferred to the VM

3) Image this physical system to an external USB device

4) create your new vm using create virtual machine Wizard with the vm software you are using but choose option "I will install the OS later"

5) Have a stand alone iso of your recovery program (e.g create Macrium bootable recovery media but choose iso rather than a bootable external device)

6) in the VM set that as the boot device --if you are using VMWARE Player you can get the boot into firmware by editing the config file to :

...Change the .vmx file (the VM config)

a) To get into the BIOS

bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"

b) Boot menu delay

bios.bootDelay = "xxxx" where xxxx is the nr of millisecs.

6) start the VM so it will boot from the "iso " and ensure the external USB device is attached to the VM

7) restore the VM

8) now boot the VM -- change the computer name as it will have same name as HOST and re-boot the Vm

9) now various drivers should install e.g the vmware video etc if you are using VMWare. Don't forget the VMWare tools program needs to be installed or equivalent in other VM software eg Vbox additions or whatever.

With some luck you might not even need activation -- but remember a VM is essentally a separate machine so in theory should need a product key.

If it does don't activate until you've got hardware / software you need all set as you don't want to waste Windows activations.

If you intend using as a long term VM then remember to back it up as well.