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    Default Win XP under Suse11.1 x32

    Greetings. New to Linux. I have a dual boot with Suse11.1.x32 and Win XP. I am happy with Linux (in fact it does run much better than Win XP) but still have a few programs which I need to run under Win XP. What would be the best way to "incorporate" Windows into Linux. Do I have to install Win XP into Linux again or is there anything that would allow to run existing Win XP from Linux something like under Mac?

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    Default Re: Win XP under Suse11.1 x32

    I don't know of any way to run your existing Windows installation directly with Virtualization, but VirtualBox has instructions on transferring an exsiting installation into a vdi. I haven't done it, and it looks risky so you should definitely backup:

    See this page and look at the "4. Import a native installation from a physical disk partition" section.

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    Will Honea NNTP User

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    kkravch wrote:

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    > Greetings. New to Linux. I have a dual boot with Suse11.1.x32 and Win
    > XP. I am happy with Linux (in fact it does run much better than Win XP)
    > but still have a few programs which I need to run under Win XP. What
    > would be the best way to "incorporate" Windows into Linux. Do I have to
    > install Win XP into Linux again or is there anything that would allow to
    > run existing Win XP from Linux something like under Mac?


    There are (at least) 2 ways to run XP apps under Linux.

    1. The most complete implementation is to run XP in a virtual machine. It is
    possible to migrate an existing installation but XP is not a simple one to
    migrate - too much hardware specific integration in the install - but it is
    possible for the adventurous.
    PRO:
    Considerable isolation from the web.
    Runs pretty much anything native XP will run .
    Faster loads than a reboot.
    CONS:
    Takes a lot of disk space.
    Requires considerable runtime memory - you likely need 2GB to be happy.
    Emulated video will ruin your gaming day <g>.
    Programs using hardware directly may be a problem.

    2. Use wine to run apps.
    PRO:
    Native execution - Win calls are mapped to Linux APIs
    Uses less disk space that a VM
    CON:
    Limited support for apps. See winehq.org for applicable apps.
    Limited support for some Win APIs may be a problem.

    3. Run programs under mono which is written to support .NET apps. I haven't
    used this so I can't comment on how well it works.

    Best overall is the VM approach. I use Sun's VirtualBox and have no real
    problems with anything I run.

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    Will Honea

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    Default Re: Win XP under Suse11.1 x32

    I agree with Mr. Honea 100%.

    If you're new to virtualization, there is a nice OpenSUSE introduction to it here.

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    Default Re: Win XP under Suse11.1 x32

    Thanks. I will definitely look up references posted above on how it works.

    It looks like VM is the solution. I do have 4g RAM and 80g HDD with second 250G HDD for documents and archives. And I don't think I need to move my existing XP into VM.

    Which VM solution would you recommend? (

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    Default Re: Win XP under Suse11.1 x32

    Personally I use suns Virtualbox though I had issues with it with Opensuse.

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    Ditto. Virtual Box
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    Third for Virtualbox. It's able to interact with all the usb hardware I throw at it.

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    Will Honea NNTP User

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    queequeg wrote:

    >
    > I don't know of any way to run your existing Windows installation
    > directly with Virtualization, but VirtualBox has instructions on
    > transferring an exsiting installation into a vdi. I haven't done it,
    > and it looks risky so you should definitely backup:
    >
    > See 'this' (http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=1966) page and
    > look at the "4. Import a native installation from a physical disk
    > partition" section.


    Now that is what I call a really helpful answer! Wish I had seen it before
    I spent so many hours trying to "salvage" an OS/2 image. It needed a few
    more prep steps to get it onto a AMD x86-64 host but the article was a gold
    mine. Thanks for the link.

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