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Replace Virtual PC with "real PC"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gurutech, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. gurutech

    gurutech Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2004
    I'm running a "test" copy of XP on Virtual PC 2007 Beta, and wanted to know if it was possible to transfer this image (so to speak) onto an actual PC with similar hardware (or even different hardware).

    I can't figure out how to do this, even if it is possible.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Well, keep in mind that VPC emulates a "generic" system, so the hardware you're running with doesn't really look like the host hardware. :)

    You can "prep" an installation to maximize the chances of it running on a new installation.

    (from crjdriver in http://forums.techguy.org)

    To swap mb without reinstalling. During this process, DO NOT reboot. Just tell it later.

    1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver, monitoring software, etc.

    2 Go to device manager and select IDE / ATA / ATAPI controller. Right click on the primary and select update driver. Have the wizard "show all compatible" so you can choose from a list. Select standard ide controller driver. Repeat for the secondary. Note this is VERY important if you want the system to boot. While in DM, remove floppy controller, usb controller, and anything dependent on the old board. If you miss one here, no big deal. The important thing is the ide controller.

    3 Disable [not uninstall] any anti-virus software.

    4 Now shutdown and do the swap.

    5 Restart the system and enter the bios. Set time, date, and check your temps. If all looks good, save settings and restart. Windows will load any drivers that it has native driver support for. Now load your new chipset / mb drivers; reboot when prompted. Next load any other drivers as necessary; this would be onboard sound, nic, raid drivers.

    6 Reinstall your video driver. Reboot when prompted.

    7 Check DM for any yellow marks and or unknown devices.
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