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Windows Emulator For Windows?

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Does anyone know of an emulator for Windows where you can plug in say, an old boot drive and be able to emulate it in a browser or something, or remote desktop so that you can run old OS's you have and simply keep the hard drive around?

So for example: You run Windows 7 every day, but you would like to see what you had on your old XP machine. So you emulate the XP instance in your Win7 and navigate it just like you were booting off your old machine.
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I would imagine you could just boot off of your old computers harddrive.

If the old computer still works, you could try using team viewer to remote access it and transfer files.
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Booting is a finicky animal and won't always be the same. With the new UEFI, you can't always boot an old drive or whatever else they come up with later. You also don't know if your windows XP will load up your newer hardware and controllers. And as you know, old computers are slow. Even with emulation through new hardware, it has to be much faster than the old machines.

The key is not having to keep the old machines around. If you could just have archived hard drives laying around, you could go through your old mail, old browser history, etc without having to figure out how to transplant it to your new setup. Or even better would be able to keep drive images around that you could load up in some emulator. With 4 TB drives, you could probably keep your last 10 computers around and load them up as just images. Now that would be cool.
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I think what you might be looking for is something like VMware vCenter Converter. Basically, this will take a physical drive and convert it to a .VHD file you can load up in VMware Workstation or Virtual Box. I haven't tried anything like this though, so I don't know how well this actually works - but I thought I'd pass it along anyway.

Another alternative is using Macrium Reflect. While this is normally used to capture disk images, it also includes a utility to convert image files into .VHD files. Again, once you have the .VHD file it's just a matter of loading it up in Virtual Box or something like that. I already own Macrium Reflect so I'm giving this a try on my machine right now...I'll let you know how it goes. smile.gif

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Edit: OK I just took one of my recent backups and converted it. Virtual Box used the .VHD file no problem but when I tried to boot it had a problem with AHCI drivers. So no dice with my machine but it might be doable depending on the hardware you got.
Edited by francisw19 - 7/31/13 at 9:22pm
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That is great to know Francis- thanks for the input. Good to learn stuff like this. See, hardware is the issue, and it will continue to be an issue. How cool would it be to have some emulator that can boot, within windows, some old Win95 setup you used to have.
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That is great to know Francis- thanks for the input. Good to learn stuff like this. See, hardware is the issue, and it will continue to be an issue. How cool would it be to have some emulator that can boot, within windows, some old Win95 setup you used to have.

Glad to help! biggrin.gif
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