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Re: Question about grub in a virtual machine

From: Peter Hillier-Brook
Subject: Re: Question about grub in a virtual machine
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 15:39:29 +0100
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On 25/06/2021 12:53, Chris Green wrote:
> I am trying to create a Virtualbox guest from a real physical Windows
> 10 image.
> The initial problem is that the W10 image is from a machine that also
> runs xubuntu Linux and thus the boot sequence is under grub control,
> it's also an EFI machine.
> So, I can get the W10 image off the machine OK and add it into
> Virtualbox, however, since (I assume) it's not an actual 'boot it by
> itself' W10 image it doesn't boot - I just get dropped into the
> 'grub> ' prompt.
> At this point I'm a bit out of my depth but I managed to find some
> information by searching and I did the following at the grub prompt:-
>     insmod chain
>     set root=(hd0,gpt1)
>     chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
>     boot
> The Virtualbox image now boots and I get to the login but there's no
> keyboard.  This *may* be a Virtualbox issue but it may also be
> something to do with the above sequence I've entered into grub.  Is it
> likely that the above is all that's needed or would one expect more?
> Any/all sort of help would be most welcome.
Chris, you do realise that this is a public mailing list and that
Microsoft may be unhappy with your actions? Duplicating a Windows
installation means that the afore-mentioned company expect to receive a
duplication of the license fee.

Peter HB

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