FreeBSD to Windows No Reboot

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu May 27 06:48:03 PDT 2004

Paul Mather wrote:
> On Thu, 27 May 2004 00:26:25 +0200 Toni Schmidbauer <toni at> wrote:
> => On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 09:20:07AM -0700, Bryan Maxwell wrote:
> => > Is there a way I can go from FreeBSD to windows without rebooting? 
> => 
> => no, that's not possible.
> That's not strictly accurate.  You can go from FreeBSD to Microsoft
> Windows (and back again) without rebooting.  (I can verify this from
> personal experience.)  One way is to install VMWare via ports and then
> install Windows as a guest OS.  (You need at least VMWare 3 to have
> Windows XP as a supported guest OS.)  You can then run Windows inside
> a window when running X under FreeBSD.  You can use Samba to access
> files on your FreeBSD FFS partitions from inside the Windows guest OS.
> (Alternatively, you can use scp/ftp to transfer files between the
> running VMWare and FreeBSD if you don't want to go to the trouble of
> setting up Samba on your FreeBSD system.)
> VMWare offers trialware license keys, so if you want to use this
> method of accessing Windows beyond the trial period you'll have to buy
> a full license.
> I've also heard people have had success running some Microsoft Windows
> applications under FreeBSD using WINE, but I've not tried that myself.

To throw one more into the mix:

Bochs is another virtual machine ... developed open source and thus
requiring no $$.

It's been a while since I've worked with it, but I just checked freshports
and it's apparently still under active development (the port was updated
with a new version just today ... what kind of crazy nut is updating ports
at 5:30 in the morning?)

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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