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01 Mar 2009  

Windows XP and 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EnitSirk View Post
Do I need to have OS pre-installed on the VHD before doing this?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrChris View Post
I would think so otherwise how would you "Boot the VHD" if its doesnt contain any bootable MBR or BootSect or OS?
I don't think you need a pre-installed OS.

Have done this:
In VMWare I created a hard disk with 100 Gb. Only pre formatted with NTFS. No OS installed. Then I have booted Windows 7 installation DVD and follow the instructions to install into VHD.

After installation Windows 7 boots from VHD file. On hard disk there are only: Folder "boot" and files "bootmgr", "win7.vhd" and "pagefile.sys". Perhaps whilst installation the MBR was changed.
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