VMware Workstation v9.0: Importing Windows XP Mode properly

This post covers VMware Workstation v9.0 but I believe it applies to v8.0 or probably earlier.
Screenshot: vCenter Converter Standalone v5 - ConversionVMware Workstation can import a Windows XP Mode virtual machine, enabling the owners of this product to have a VMware-compatible Windows XP within minutes. However, an imported copy of Windows XP Mode virtual machine will remain dependent on Windows XP Mode. This post will teach how to resolve this issue.

Severing old ties

VMware Workstation uses vCenter Converter Standalone to import a copy of Windows XP Mode but the imported virtual machine remains dependent on XP Mode. You can use vCenter to severe this dependency. To do so:

  1. If you have not done so already, open VMware Workstation and choose File, Import Windows XP Mode VM… and wait for the process to complete.
  2. Open the Converter and choose to convert the newly created VMware virtual machine into a new virtual machine.  Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Options section.
  3. If you are worried about selecting “Data to copy” category, stop worrying. Doing so is not necessary for the purpose of this article.
  4. Select “Advanced options” category and uncheck all options. This will speed up the conversion process.
  5. Continue with the conversion process, following the on-screen instruction.
  6. Add the new virtual machine to VMware Workstation and power it on.

Once the conversion is completed, import the resulting virtual machine into VMware Workstation. You may wish to uninstall Windows XP Mode, delete its instance, delete the interim VMware virtual machine or uninstall vCenter Converter. For instructions about properly uninstalling Windows XP Mode and cleaning up its instance, see Windows Help.

Licensing restrictions

Please be sure to study Windows XP Mode license agreement and not to use it beyond the scope of its license and that of fair use laws.

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Posted on 22 February 2013, in Windows Administration and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Is it possible to remove the od ties also with the WMware Player and the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client only (i.e. without the Workstation) and how would one then have to proceed?

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