Is it possible to run a Windows 10 dual boot partition in a VM?

asked 2018-01-26 10:15:32 -0500

bob323 gravatar image

I've got Fedora 27 and Windows 10 on a laptop with a dual boot setup. There are a few programs I need to use that won't work in Wine and don't have suitable Linux alternatives, but it's a PITA to stop everything I'm doing, shut down, reboot into Windows, and then start the programs. I'd like to be able to start a VM from Fedora that will let me run my Windows 10 installation currently on the disk.

Everything I've found so far is only updated for Windows 7. VMWare's documentation says to use separate hardware profiles, which don't exist beyond Windows 7, for booting natively and in a VM. I've found a couple of guides for VirtualBox, but it's similarly outdated and only contains a single correction to one part for Windows 8. I think the process should be essentially the same with Windows 10 as for earlier versions, except that Windows 10 uses a different partitioning scheme than Windows 7.

Here are the guides I've found so far:

VirtualBox, KVM, and VMWare Player

VirtualBox w/ Windows 8 Correction

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Not sure this question belongs here since it is not so much related to Fedora. I would ask the authors and makers of whatever virtualization software that you want to use. Or in other forums such as . And if you google further, you'll find some more guides on the exact same topic.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-01-26 12:50:20 -0500 )edit

It’s possible with the right hardware, but it really isn’t desirable. You’ll violate your license and into constant Windows activation issues.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2018-02-28 17:21:03 -0500 )edit