UPDATE: I am not able to help troubleshoot this anymore, as I have switched over to VMWare Player (post coming soon!); However, if you happen to discover anything about making it work, please post in the comments below and I will update the post text with your findings and credit you.
Last week, a friend of mine needed me to do an audio file conversion, but the app that I use is installed on my windows partition. I really don’t ever boot into Windows unless I have a good reason for it — I’m much happier tooling around in Linux — there’s just something satisfying and comfortable about being able to pop open a shell at any time.
Anyways – it got me thinking: I’ve booted into a Windows XP image, why can’t I use VirtualBox to boot from a whole partition? Surely that is possible…
Tonight I finally got to play with it. And as you can see from the image here, I got success.
It’s a little challenging, but it’s doable. I had to spend some time to iron out the kinks, but you can reap the benefits!
UPDATE: Sandeep has submitted screenshots with instructions on getting this to work with Windows 7, see below, at the very end.
UPDATE: If you are getting the error message: Offset must be a number: rce
I have found the fix for it. See the instructions below.
UPDATE: Bogdan (see comments) was able to get Windows Vista working under Virtualbox OSE, using the method below. See his comments for specifics on Windows Vista.
UPDATE: Dan has found some tricks for getting this to work with Win7 if you are getting a BSOD on bootup.