Here’s how you can virtualize you physical workstation running Windows 7 into a VirtualBox virtual machine.
A physical workstation running Microsoft Windows 7.
The (free) VMware vCenter Converter utility.
An external storage to put your VM’s image on.
Either a network share or an external storage (USB disk, USB thumb…).
VirtualBox running on your host machine. I used VirtualBox 3.2.6 on Mac OS X 10.6.4.
Virtual Machine creation
On your physical workstation:
- Log-in as your standard user;
- Download and install VMware Converter (and reboot ?);
- Don’t start the utility right now. Unless you wan’t to see the error message
VMware vCenter Converter Server is installed but not running.;
- Start the Services MMC (
- Find the
VMware vCenter Converter Serverservice;
- Edit its properties and choose the
This accountoption and fill in the name of an Administrator user;
Applychanges and start the VMware Converter utility;
- Follow the wizard to create a virtual image of your local workstation to your external storage:
- Source type: Powered-on machine
- Powered-on machine: This local machine
- Select destination type: VMware Workstation or other VMware virtual machine
- Select VMware product: VMware Workstation 6.5.x
Now you have a bunch of files on your external storage. Those are the VM’s disk.
Virtual Machine run
On your VirtualBox host machine:
- Create a new “Windows 7” VM;
- Attach the .vmdk file you generated;
Enable IO Apicfrom the VM’s properties;
- Start the VM and log-in;
- In the Windows’ device manager, locate the ACPI Uniprocessor PC
and update the driver to useAdvanced Configutation and Power Interface (ACPI) PC instead;
- Shutdown the VM, disable the
IO Apicoption and reboot.
Now, install the VirtualBox guest tools.
You can also export the VM with VirtualBox to get single disk image.