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I am trying to work out a solution that allows me to use a Windows client VM as a gaming environment that I can package as a resalable solution (I own a computer store). So far, it has been extremely challenging with todays solutions. (tomorrow it will be the norm I believe).

At present, unless my other posted question regarding VFIO produces fruit, I am hoping a solution that would allow me to use a bootable windows 7 drive within the virt-manager environment.

For instance, I would unplug the host linux drive, and attach a fresh drive and then completely install Windows 7 on that drive.

I would then reattach the linux host drive and boot to it. I would then run virt-manager from a remote computer and wish to access that same physical drive and its boot environment from the virt-manager.

Is this possible ?

If so, it would allow me to access Windows 7 for all the 'normal stuff' like Office, basic development IDE etc but also be available for a multi-boot directly if it was to be used for gaming purposes and needed full on graphics.

What sayeth the group ?

Jay / CompuMatter

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I don't see the point in gaming on a virtual machine, unless you just have too much memory... You might want to take a look at something like virtual box and a pre-installed windows .img file ( see vagrantup.com ) to achieve a basic windows environment. ( Word, etc ). –  NixNinja Oct 28 '13 at 8:08
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