[fedora-virt] Dual boot Fedora15/Win7 with VM Win7 too
David C. Mores
dcmores at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 22 12:03:11 UTC 2011
Alex Williamson wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-09-21 at 15:02 -0400, David C. Mores wrote:
>> I have a new HP PC with AMD quad CPU that came with Win7 installed. I
>> installed Fedora 15 by first shrinking the hard drive ntfs partition in
>> half and letting the Fedora installation set up the dual boot
>> configuration in the GRUB boot menu. That all works fine. I can boot
>> either O/S with no problems or side effects.
>> Now to take this to the next level, I would like to setup a Win7 VM
>> under Fedora that uses the Win7 installation that is already available
>> in the Win 7 partition. Running the original Win 7 installation as a VM
>> guest would be cool - efficient use of storage, the Win7 license and
>> convenient - along with the existing option to reboot into Win 7. The
>> Fedora Virtualization Guide documentation does not seem to cover this
>> case where the O/S install exists before the VM is created.
>> Can this be done? Have you done it successfully? What are the details?
> This is not as easy as you'd like it to be. KVM presents the guest OS
> with an entirely different chipset and IO devices from the physical
> system. It's effectively the same as yanking out your hard drive and
> installing it into an old pentium-pro class system and expecting Windows
> to "just work". Some have done it, with much registery hacking, but
> it's not easy and appears fragile.
I thought that to be one of Window's strengths - to
"just work" in many hardware environments. Can you point me to any
information or discussion resources where I could find discussion and
more details on how others have done this?
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