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Windows 7: Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD


17 Nov 2008   #79
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

How to Create and Attach a Virtual Hard Disk in Windows 7

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06 Jul 2010   #80
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're out of luck until you purchase yourself a legal genuine Windows 7.


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3 Weeks Ago   #81
jonnyhotchkiss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Evening Brink! I wonder if you can help.

I've got a VHD that mounts at startup



It's got my documents, pictures, and lots of portable apps.

It's also got some some shortcuts (for navigation), that accompany Quick Launch on the Start Menu



The problem is with shortcuts in Quick Launch etc that point to stuff on the mounted volume.

When it's good (like above) it's looks like the Quick Launch dir, as it should



...

Lately (since today, upgrading Sandboxie) it's got "Bad Cache Syndrome", re objects on the VHD that are pointed to from Quick Launch, ie



No biggy, just a quick Restart (kill and re-spawn) Explorer (courtest of a desktop context menu entry, thanks again to Brink!)



But this "fix" doesn't work anymore. It has no effect.

This is when I discovered your icon cache fix guide (and nearly posted there). A quick effective command I found that I believe achieves the same effect (without needing to restart) is

ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache

I wondered what you thought, whether it's worth trying to get the volume mounted before the shell loads or the user logs in, for example, or just whether adding a "automatic delayed operation" to clear the iconcache every time I login is the way to go.... or if I have to give up on my "shared area" being so handy between the native VHD's I boot into.

As always, many thanks Mr. Brink. You've helped lots of folks over the years... big thumbs up!
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3 Weeks Ago   #82
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jonny,

It's certainly worth a try to rebuild the icon cache to see if it something that simple may work first.
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2 Weeks Ago   #83
jonnyhotchkiss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks. The problem re-occurs each login. I think the restart explorer option does work, you just need to wait a moment before doing it. IE, it's annoying, but not a show-stopper
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