Turning real Windows in a virtual machine Hyper-V software Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15
To create a virtual machine faster than conventional method by installing a guest OS using the virtualization host operating system that installed on the physical computer. This process turns the main system with all its settings and activation of installed programs in its virtual clone, with which to work in hypervisors like VMware, VirtualBox and Hyper-V.
The ability to virtualize a real machine to a virtual machine is present among the functionalities of the Professional edition of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15. The program can convert a physical hard drive to virtual format hypervisors VMware, VirtualBox and Hyper-V booting the guest OS. In the virtual machine, a physical computer, not necessarily all sections of a physical hard disk. You can select only certain sections, if not only one system partition where Windows is installed.
How is the process of turning a real Windows in a virtual machine by Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15? This question will be discussed below on the example of the Windows 7 system and hypervisor Hyper-V.
on the official website of Paragon. There is also a demo version, but it’s the use of it is a little. So, demo is a guide, it is possible for a program in potential, after acquiring the license. Scheduled software operation the demo version of Hard Disk Manager 15 does not apply.
Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 default start with a simplified form of interface-type start screen of Windows 8.1. In this interface window, select the tile labeled «P2V copy».
Click «Next» in the welcome window of the wizard.
Then you will see a window with a view of the disk space of the computer. Here you should select the disk partition of your computer that will turn into the partitions of the virtual machine. In our case, note the checkbox select only the system partition on the second hard disk where Windows is installed 7. Mandatory a tick should be put on the boot and the MBR. After making your selection, click «Next.»
The following program window will offer a choice of multiple hypervisors, including two versions of Hyper-V. In our case, we choose the latest version – click the «Microsoft Hyper-V 2012» because this version is compatible with the standard hypervisor of Windows 10, where the virtual machine and will work in the future. Click «Next».
In the window of the hardware configuration of the resulting virtual machine can change the automatically generated name, and specify a different amount of RAM. For Hyper-V 2012 is also available the choice of generations of virtual machines. If we were talking about virtualization of 64-bit Windows 8.1 and 10, it is possible to choose generation 2. In our case, the sequencing process for Windows 7 involved, because the chosen generation 1 virtual machines. Click «Next».
There is no change in the properties of the virtual machine disk. Click «Next».
Using the browse button at the end of the line, specify the location on disk where will be placed the virtual machine files.
Start the process of virtualization of the physical computer.
Upon completion click «Finish».
Along the way you see the accessories folder of the components of virtual machines on Hyper-V.
2. Adding virtual machines in Hyper-V Manager
So, we have a new virtual machine, which is a full or partial clone of the physical computer; now we need to add it in Hyper-V Manager. In the last window select «Create» and then «Virtual machine».
Click «Next» in the welcome window.
Enter the name to be displayed for the virtual machine in Hyper-V Manager. Put a tick in save to a different location and using the browse button specify a folder with files to store the virtual machine. Click «Next».
In our case, the program Paragon Hard Disk Manager has been created, the virtual machine generation 1. Selected at generation sequencing is specified during the process of adding virtual machines in Hyper-V Manager. Again press «Next».
The RAM size by default is 1024 MB. Click «Next».
Specify the virtual switch, in our case it was created earlier. Click «Next».
In the next window select the second option connect the VHDX. It already created in the sequencing process, and it placed the data from the physical computer. You only need to specify the path to it. VHDX disk is in a folder with virtual machine files in a subfolder labeled «Virtual Hard Disks». Click «Next».
All virtual clone of your PC in Hyper-V Manager you can now launch and connect to manage.
After running in the guest Windows 7 automatically installed some driver for the virtual hardware. After the reboot you can begin to work full time with a virtual machine.