Re: Run my windows dual-boot install in a window in f17
On 07/25/2012 10:01 PM, Matt Morgan wrote:
I have Windows actually installed on a separate partition. Can I run it from inside Linux somehow? That is, without rebooting into Windows. I looked at VirtualBox and Virtual Machine Manager (I'm completely new to them) but it wasn't obvious that they could use a real installation of Windows.
You can't run your existing Windows installation 'inside Linux' as you ask. Virtual Box works well for me and this is how it's done. You install Virtual Box, then open the program and create a new virtual machine; you will be asked some parameters such as drive size, how many processors to use, how much memory you want to use, and what operating system the virtual machine will use. Once the new virtual machine is configured, you can instruct it to boot from your DVD drive, insert your Windows disk in the drive, and start up your new virtual machine. It will detect the DVD in the drive and boot from it, and let you install an instance of Windows. That's the basics - I happen to be working from my Linux box at home, using a Windows 7 virtual machine running under Virtual Box, which is logged into my workplace through a VPN connection, and I'm administering a bunch of Windows Servers, so I can attest, it works well.
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