skristir writes "I have a couple of old clunker boxes on which I run Windows NT and Windows XP. They are around because I have s/w and data on them that I still need. Having upgraded to a reasonably powerful Linux (Ubuntu) machine, I was hoping that I could create virtual machine images from the hard disk and then de-commission the old hardware. I do have the original install disks, but I am not interested in re-installing all the s/w on a virtual machine. What would be the point of that?! Can anyone suggest how one would go about converting existing s/w on a hard disk into a virtual machine image? I looked at Xen and Virtual Box but not enough information is available. VMWare wants my money but I still don't know if it can do what I want...."