Create W7 Image for a Laptop

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by oneextraid, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. oneextraid

    oneextraid MDL Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Is there any way to create a VMWare image that can be ported to a real laptop or desktop?

    If yes, is there a way to define the hardware to VMWare so that the proper drivers are installed as part of the install?
  2. ak87

    ak87 MDL Novice

    Jan 17, 2011
    please be more specific in thread title, so knowledgeable persons can help. like "How to use VMWare image to install on a real laptop/desktop, as like in restoring from system image".. just a suggestion, no offence.
    as far as question is concerned, sorry, i dont know.. i would like to know too.
  3. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

    Oct 26, 2009
    I dont understand why you would use a vmware image and export it to your laptop.. You would have real problem with drivers..

    Just install W7 on your laptop, how hard is that? If you want to create a generic image with software, check out anarethos recovery tool, it makes things alot easier.
  4. fdjc

    fdjc MDL Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    He probably wants to test with legacy software. My company is going through this, we in IT are guinea pigs, rolling out a few Win7 builds to see any issues.

    Your best option is dual boot current OS (prolly XP) and Windows 7.

    Use windows 7 for everything you can, use XP for what you cant.
    Windows 7 pro + VM bios would allow you to use XP mode within Windows 7 though.
  5. ccuappz

    ccuappz MDL Junior Member

    Dec 14, 2009
    Use SPAT (System Preparation Assisted Tool) , create an image of your VM with ghost/acronis/..
    Restore your image to real hardwares.
    I tried it with XP, and it supports W7 too. It automatically takes care of HAL and other drivers.
  6. ccuappz

    ccuappz MDL Junior Member

    Dec 14, 2009
    #6 ccuappz, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
    download its own driver packs which is 150-200 MB and you have a fully working system with lots of drivers. :D
    The drivers get installed during windows deployment process automatically too.
    You will have all your softwares and application which were previously installed on your VM.