Ok... Here's what I am looking to do. I have completely fallen head over heels in love with Linux over the last few years... however, being a developer I have always needed to have my development/coding machine be a windows box.

So I can have Visual Studio, Office, SQL Server, etc installed for my development processes.

I really want to convert this machine into a Ubuntu Desktop... like... badly.

So, my real question to the community is: can I take a snapshot of my current windows install, and convert it to a Virtual Machine for use in VirtualBox once I get Ubuntu installed, and how?

And because... I don't want to have to re-install all my windows software from scratch...


read the following link , I think it may help you solving your issue


and this is a workaround you may make use of it


  • thanks. Gonna take awhile. I think disk2vhd doesn't like compressed drives (where I was going to store the image). I tried creating a VHD in windows management interface, and that failed stating can't on compressed disks... so after a few hours, and a few failures, just now waiting on the drive uncompressing LOL – Kevin Apr 21 '14 at 20:24

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