View Full Version : booting an OS virtually from existing installation

September 23rd, 2009, 02:51 AM
say, if I actually have a working WinXP installation on my computer, but I'd like to boot it virtually while still running ubuntu. without having to reboot. what should I use? it seems like VirtualBox doesn't give me that option.

October 3rd, 2009, 08:27 PM
I'm not sure about booting physical parititions in virtualbox; I have done it with vmware in the past. However, you can't usually expect to be able to boot something both native (on the bare hardware) and virtually, as the virtual device emulation usually has different devices, and the drivers are all different. So expect some OS repair work if you get the virtual boot going.

Mark Phelps
October 4th, 2009, 12:19 AM
Virtual solutions require fresh installations of their resident OSs. If you want to use XP in Virtual Box (or any other Virtual solution), you will need to reinstall it from scratch.

I've read about folks figuring out how to reuse an existing OS installation, but it always resulted in some form of filesystem corruption, and in the case of Vista, it forced deactivation of the OS on every boot.