How to migrate existing Windows installations to VirtualBox



Windows installations, unlike Linux, cannot easily be moved from one hardware to another. This is not just due to Microsoft’s activation mechanism but the fact that the installed kernel and drivers depend on the actual hardware.

This document explains the common pitfalls and how to workaround these. We assume that either a physical Windows installation or a VMware image is the source of migration. It is also assumed that a suitable virtual disk image (either VDI or VMDK for VirtualBox >= 1.4) is already present.

There’s a step by step description below. Continue reading

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