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    Question How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    I have reached the limit of installs I can do with my Win Xp disk. I'd like to think that if I wanted to reinstall xp again, I can use one of my virtual machines. Is this possible?

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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    as far as i understand you still can, what i would suggest for you to do is copy your XP cd installer disk using "brasero" and create an .iso image of it and save it to your desktop or on your files, it would be easier for you to re-install or create a new virtual xp machine by routing Virtualbox CD/DVD to the xp .iso image you have created.
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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    Well I've been saving disks as iso files for a while now. I do it for backup reasons- in case the cd gets scratched- and because running the iso to install an os is a lot faster than running off a disk.

    This, however, does not help. When I say I've reached the limit of xp installs, I mean I can no longer register, or authenticate the key of that particular disk. I can install just fine, but I will be out of luck in 30 days when it comes time again to verify the key.

    I figure that since I have virtual boxes running this same os, I can somehow copy the virtual os, save it somewhere, then install it on new machines and such as it becomes necessary. I realize this is not exactly permitted by Windows, but in my defense, I have never requested refunds when I buy new machines and decline the agreement for Vista before installing Ubuntu. I feel we should be square in that sense.

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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by ddixonr View Post
    Well I've been saving disks as iso files for a while now. I do it for backup reasons- in case the cd gets scratched- and because running the iso to install an os is a lot faster than running off a disk.

    This, however, does not help. When I say I've reached the limit of xp installs, I mean I can no longer register, or authenticate the key of that particular disk. I can install just fine, but I will be out of luck in 30 days when it comes time again to verify the key.

    I figure that since I have virtual boxes running this same os, I can somehow copy the virtual os, save it somewhere, then install it on new machines and such as it becomes necessary. I realize this is not exactly permitted by Windows, but in my defense, I have never requested refunds when I buy new machines and decline the agreement for Vista before installing Ubuntu. I feel we should be square in that sense.
    This sounds alot like your XP may have been in the pirated key list. You should call microsoft to verify the key is yours.

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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    There are ways to make virtual machines into real ones, but I wont post that cause I could get banned from the forum for such an action
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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    I've never converted a Windows VDI, but if you're interested in converting an Ubuntu VDI (or VMDK) to an ISO, which you can then install on bare metal, take a look at http://www.turnkeylinux.org/blog/convert-vm-iso

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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by scrooge_74 View Post
    There are ways to make virtual machines into real ones, but I wont post that cause I could get banned from the forum for such an action
    Hi, can you please email it to me?

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    Re: How to convert a Virtualbox .vdi into physical OS on another machine?

    If a post is older than a year or so and hasn't had a new reply in that time, instead of replying to it, create a new thread. In the software world, a lot can change in a very short time, and doing things this way makes it more likely that you will find the best information. You may link to the original discussion in the new thread if you think it may be helpful.

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