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This looks kinda like an off-topic forum, anyways, my question: Can I -without buying Windows XP again- install Windows XP (my current version) into VMWare? I want it so I can test things out like hacks, without worrying about messing up my computer, thanks! :)

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This looks kinda like an off-topic forum, anyways, my question: Can I -without buying Windows XP again- install Windows XP (my current version) into VMWare?

Yup, as far as I know, that's completely possible. And a very good idea if you're planning on testing out stuff.

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Umm.. you install VMWare, and then... start VMWare, create a virtual machine, and boot the virtual machine off the XP disk. Go through the installation process, and then you'll have your very own Windows-in-Windows machine.

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Omg, thank you sooooooooo much!

Wait, can I boot off the hard drive? Because it didn't come with discs, my computer already had XP, and if I do it off hard drive, will it edit hard drive too if I edit stuff on VMWare?

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Wait, can I boot off the hard drive?

That would be possible, but you must create an image of your hard drive that VMWare recognizes. You'll have to do some research, but I think it might recognize ISO images. You also must have enough hard drive space (at least 50% unused).

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Yes, I have half of my hard drive that I can use...but I talked to Compaq (the people who made my computer) and they said it would be illegal! That I would have to buy a retail product.

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but I talked to Compaq (the people who made my computer) and they said it would be illegal! That I would have to buy a retail product.

Those jerks... you're using Windows XP for personal use, and you're only installing it on one computer. I can't see why that would be illegal.

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