Create W7 Image for a Laptop

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

  1. oneextraid

    oneextraid MDL Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    #6 ccuappz, Jan 17, 2011
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    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.