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Re: Question about grub in a virtual machine

From: Chris Green
Subject: Re: Question about grub in a virtual machine
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 18:44:06 +0100

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 03:39:29PM +0100, Peter Hillier-Brook wrote:
> 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.
I'm running it on the same machine as has the license so, as far as I
understand even Microsoft's rules it's allowed.

Chris Green

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