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Windows 7: Windows 7 on VHD under XP after format XP


09 May 2010   #1

7 SP1 / 8
 
 
Windows 7 on VHD under XP after format XP

Hi. Some time ago I installed 7 on VHD (because I used XP). Two days ago I had to format primary partition with XP. There's not available screen to choose OS to rn. I have backup of VHD file with Windows 7. Can I restore / add this backuped file to fresh installed XP. I don't want to install 7 again step by step but only make any steps to move VHD to location where 7 was installed 1st time and start to use this OS. Thanks in advance, Berni

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10 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I don't know about installing Windows on VHDs, but see if EasyBCD 2.0 will allow you to do what you want.

You will need to sign up for a free account before you can download 2.0.
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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

What virtual software were you using? VMWare, Sun Virtual Box, ?

I run XP Pro, Ubuntu Linux and Windows 7 under Windows 7 as Sun Virtual Box clients. Since you have backups, you should be able to reinstall the virtual machine software then import the backup.
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11 May 2010   #4

7 SP1 / 8
 
 

I use normal XP and 7 on VHD. After format partition with XP I still have VHD file but there's not available menu to choose XP (normal installation) or 7 (from VHD).
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11 May 2010   #5

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

VHD == Virtual Hard Drive?????

Can you tell me more about it or provide a link where I can read about this please?
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11 May 2010   #6

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
VHD == Virtual Hard Drive?????

Can you tell me more about it or provide a link where I can read about this please?
Here's an easy to understand tutorial about booting from vhd, made by our own Shawn "Need a tut?" Brink: Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

Kari
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12 May 2010   #7

7 SP1 / 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Here's an easy to understand tutorial about booting from vhd, made by our own Shawn "Need a tut?" Brink: Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

Kari
I used similar tutorial many times. I use Diskpart (Shift + f10) to attach VHD file to installation screan menu but I don't want installation because I have system on this file (backup after 1st installation I ever made). I need to force running system to "see" existing VHD file and try to boot from it.
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12 May 2010   #8

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Thanks Kari. I did notice this though:

While all Windows 7 editions can create and attach a VHD, only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support booting from a VHD.


Leaves my Pro version out in the cold ..... rats, would have been fun to play with. I'll have to stick with SUN VB.

Edit: Hmmm, sounds like XP and/or Vista (which versions) can boot one though.
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