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Automate Migration of Windows 7 from Physical to Virtual Machine

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Automate Migration of Windows 7 from Physical to Virtual Machine

P2V Migration for Software Assurance is a simple free tool from Microsoft which uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Sysinternals Disk2VHD to convert a user’s existing Windows XP or newer client environment to a virtual hard disk then automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system containing a virtual machine with the user’s previous Windows environment, applications and Web browser.


The user’s previous virtual desktop retains its existing management components, domain membership and policies. The process also publishes applications and the browser for the user to access them seamlessly within Windows 7’s start menu. This tool works with all the retail versions of Windows and not compatible with OEM versions of Windows.

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Microsoft is billing this new tool as a solution for IT pros that have problems moving certain users off Windows XP or Windows Vista because of a dependency on applications that won’t run in Windows 7.

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