How to Migrate Existing Windows Installations to VirtualBox?

Posted by @Cherry

June 29, 2015

The biggest challenge to migrate/move a Windows 7 or 8 installation to VirtualBox is different hardware between physical computer and virtual machine. But free backup software - AOMEI Backupper can do the job at ease.

Why Migrate Existing Windows Installations?

Migrate existing Windows installations to another place is helpful to the application of computer in a certain way. For example, most of computer users are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS. However, we have to move our old Windows 7 or Windows 8 system to the new PC instead of building a new system in some situations, or we may restore MBR system image to GPT based on UEFI motherboard. Whatever, we need to move existing Windows installations first.

VirtualBox can give a convenience to us. Move existing Windows installations to VirtualBox can solve many problems that physical system cannot solve. As we all know that Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft since April, 2014. However, there are some mission critical systems that need to run Windows XP. What should we do? Migrating existing Windows installation to VirtualBox can solve those kinds of problem.

Migrate Existing Windows Installations to VirtualBox with AOMEI Backupper

Migrating existing Windows installations to VirtualBox is not as simple as restore with Windows built-in tool. The physical computer and the VM have different configuration, so that you can’t move the existing installations to VirtualBox by using Windows snap-in tool. Thus, you need to find a help from third party software. Comparing with other software, AOMEI Backupper Professional is worth to PC users. If you are working with Windows Sever, you can try Server Edition. On the one hand, this software has wide spread features and it can solve the problem in a simple way; on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about the security of the database, because it can run without data loss.

Make sure that you have done these before:

Please create an image for the existing Windows installations and make sure that you know where it has been stored.

Use the "Create Bootable Media" in the "Utilities" of AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable media to start the VirtualBox.

Step1. Using the bootable media you have created before to start the VirtualBox. The interface of AOMEI Backupper will come in sight. Click "Restore" to browse the path where you put the backup image before.

Browse System Backup Image

Step2. Find the image that you have stored before. For this example, it has been put into the "Share/NAS". Click it and input the IP information to find it (If you put the image in a removable disk, it can be found also. Just open the "Removable Disk" to choose the image).

Share NAS

Step3. Click "Next" to move on.

Restore System Image

Step4. Select a destination where you want to migrate the existing Windows installations and click "Next" to go on.

Select Disk

Step5. Following the prompts and choose the drives you will migrate the Windows installations to. Click "Start Restore" to continue the operation. After all these steps, it will be process automatically. Wait for a minute and when it reached 100%, click "Finish".

Universal Restore