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Xen: Is it possible to run an installed Windows inside Xen?

Xen: Is it possible to run an installed Windows inside Xen?

Is it possible to run an already-installed Windows inside Xen, similar to how Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion can run a bootcamp Windows as a VM on Mac OS?

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In my experience, running an installed OS on virtualized hardware doesn't work well. Every time you switch back and forth the OS has to reconfigure itself. I'm not sure to what extent this applies to xen, but in VMWare it was extremely difficult to make it work properly and it would probably trip modern Windows (XP onwards) hardware activation (i.e. you'd have to get a new activation key from MS).