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Today I setup a with a real-hardware-converted inside virt-manager. It contains important software that isnt available anymore but needs to be used.
It was a pain to activate winXP. But possible, thanks to phone activation and this, probably not to well known (probably even not meant to be public) site:

microsoft.gointeract.io/intera

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qemu-img convert -f raw -O qcow2 /dev/<disk> ~/output_image.qcow2

To convert a physical disk into a usable virtual disk. It's really nice. Everything else is pretty much clickiclick.

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