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Windows 7: Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot


26 Jan 2009   #109
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

How to Create a Windows 7 VHD at Boot to Start with from Boot

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16 Nov 2011   #110
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wolfgang,

I have not tried it, but I'm not sure that you could do the same as the tutorial with the Wbadmin command. That command appears to be more for backups.

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16 Nov 2011   #111
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Maybe I am wrong. But what I got was a VHD that looked like an image. I think it is mostely used in the Windows Server edition - maybe for scheduled backups or images.

And that's what it says in your Wbadmin link

Quote:
Enables you to back up and restore your operating system, volumes, files, folders, and applications from a command prompt
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16 Nov 2011   #112
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, I think that part may be for creating and restoring system images with the command. I didn't see an option to create a bootable VHD to run like a normally installed OS though.
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16 Nov 2011   #113
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Understand - so the difference is in the capability to boot. This was not my focus as I do not have an Ultimate system. I am still working on the restoration of a Wbadmin image.
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16 Nov 2011   #114
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I believe so, and not being able to create a VHD other than a system image VHD.
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16 Nov 2011   #115
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It works on Data Partitions too - not only system partitions.
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26 Jan 2012   #116
dsouza

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi There,

I followed the steps in this tutorial, created the VHD as expandable, but when I select the drive that I want to install, which is the one I have just created, and ignoring the message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk", I got an error saying that there's not enough space ... although I've created an expandable VHD of 80GB ...

When I exit everything and start my regular Windows 7 Ult N installation I can see the VHD created with a few KBs... but nothing has changed when looking in the bcdedit.

What am I missing?!? Do I need to create the VHD as Fixed rather than Expandable, as I don't have the Virtual PC?!?
Do I need to do it always from the boot, or could I do it directly from the Windows7?
Don't I need to format the VHD that I've just created?!? If so, how to?!

Many Thanks.
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26 Jan 2012   #117
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dsouza, and welcome to Seven Forums.

How much free space do you have left on the HDD that you created the VHD on? If it's to low, then it may not have enough working space to be able to install to the VHD.
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27 Jan 2012   #118
dsouza

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Brink, and thanks for your reply, after an extensive search in your web site, I found that some had the same problem that I was having, I solved it yesterday, and didn't save the link. But I have the tutorial that helped me.

My laptop had 3 partitions, one for restore, with around 1.5Gb and loads of free space, the other a System Reserved with 100Mb and only a few Kbs left free and the C with around 232Gb with loads of free memory.

In the topic, someone said that I had to expand the System Reserved by shrinking the C partition to the left, and then add it to the System Reserved... the following tutotial helped me to get my head around it:
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD

Once I added more 100Mb to the System Reserved the Windows 7 installation to the VHD worked just fine.

My goal was to install a clean Windows 7 into a VHD on the top of my existing Windows 7 Ult ... I will use this VHD as my Dev machine to study and mess around ... it took me a while, but I got it working now, thanks to your forum.

Many Thanks again, Dsouza.
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27 Jan 2012   #119
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Dsouza. Thank you for posting back with your results and solution.
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