By Lily / Last update April 6, 2022

Why migrate physical PC to Virtual Machine?

Most of Windows users know that there are existing many safety hazards potentially in some operations. Sometimes, an incorrect operation may let your system crash, even worse. To avoid this kind of problems, operating it on Virtual Machine is a wise way.

Virtual Machine such as VirtualBox, VMware, Hyper-V, Virtual PC provides the function of running multiple OS in virtual environment. You can do nearly all the things you want to do in Virtual Machine if you are worried about the physical PC’s safety.

To convert physical computer to Virtual Machine, moving the physical OS to Virtual Machine is the most effective way. Then, how to do it?

How to migrate physical computer to Virtual Machine

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Here are the specific steps of migrating physical PC to Virtual Machine. Before you do, there are some preparations:

● You need to install a Virtual Machine software like VMware Workstation first.

● If your virtual Machine is on another computer, prepare a USB flash drive of which the volume is at least equal to the system size of the source computer.

If the Virtual Machine is on your computer:

Step 1. Follow the guides to create a system backup image first and remember where you put the image like a USB flash drive.

Step 2. Create a bootable ISO file and save it on the local disk.

Step 3. Start the Virtual Machine from the bootable ISO file. It will run AOMEI Backupper automatically. Then, click “Restore” and follow the wizard to restore the system backup image to this Virtual Machine.

If the Virtual Machine is on another computer:

Step 1. Create a system image and save it on your USB flash drive (other removable devices are OK and you can even store it on NAS).

Step 2. Make a bootable ISO file and put it on the USB flash drive.

Step 3. Start the Virtual Machine from the bootable USB.

Step 4. You’ll see loaded AOMEI Backupper once login. Select “Restore” and then “Select Task” to find the image files you create before. 

Select Task

Step 5. Select the system backup to restore and click “Next”.

Select Backup Image

Step 6. Select to restore the entire backup or a part and click “Next”.

Restore Entire Backup

Step 7. Confirm operations on the “Operation Summary” page and click on “Start Restore” button. The "Universal Restore" option will be checked automatically if the physical PC and virtual machine has different hardware.

Universal Restore

This method is very simple compared with other software. You can also use the PXE Boot Tool to replace the bootable ISO file. Besides migrating physical computer to Virtual Machine, AOMEI Backupper supports to transfer OS from Virtual Machine to physical PC and move OS from Virtual Machine to other Virtual Machine.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.