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


26 Jan 2009   #9
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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13 Mar 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nasxsx, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have not tried it myself, but I see no reason why you could not do so with Vista. I'm not sure about XP though.


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13 Mar 2009   #11
spacesurfer

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta
 
 

currently, there seems no way to boot xp as it needs vhd drivers at boot, which it does not yet.

you will have problems with missing ntldr.

i'm trying to see if there's any other way.
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13 Mar 2009   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah that was what I was thinking for XP.
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14 Mar 2009   #13
gencode

Windows Vista
 
 

Shawn, now that I have my new VHD, all is installed and working great.

One question though, Id like to format my primary hd and back up my new vhd to my NAS drive, then put it back when im all done.

I know I can copy it back, but how to I attach it to the boot menu? so it can be booted after I reformat my primary drive or if I were to upgrade to a new larger drive.

Thanks

Ed aka GenCode
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14 Mar 2009   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ed,

You can use this tutorial below to boot with an existing VHD file.

Boot from a VHD using Windows 7
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16 Mar 2009   #15
PGPfan

Windows 7
 
 
Boot from a VHD file over a network...?

Hi All,

Is it possible to for example, store a VHD file on a Windows Home Server and have a different PC (an HTPC, in this case) boot into Windows 7 over the network?

I'd love to make my HTPC into a 'diskless' system to eliminate noise and this would seem to make such a thing possible.

Is my thinking correct? or should I stop dreaming?

-PGPfan
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16 Mar 2009   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello PGPfan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have not tried it, but you may have an issue with it connecting like that. You can give it a try and see what happens though. That would be interesting to see if it would work though.
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17 Mar 2009   #17
pitajax

Windows 7
 
 

Can VHD file be placed on partition different from c:\ at the beginning of installation?
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17 Mar 2009   #18
spacesurfer

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta
 
 

the vhd can be placed anywhere
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17 Mar 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Pitajax, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As Spacesurfer posted, you can place the VHD at any location. You will just need to modify the commands in the steps for that location instead.
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