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Windows 7: Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

20 Nov 2008   #9
dmex

 
Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

How to Boot from a VHD using Windows 7 and Windows 8

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12 Jan 2009   #10
dmex

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yanze View Post
What do you mean by that? How do I reset my VHD VirtualOS configuration?
You have to run Sysprep after doing a clean installation


The VHD boot support for other OS like XP or Vista is crippled since the framework is missing, probably until an RTM Windows 7 release...For now you can only boot Windows 7 from a VHD while using Windows 7

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28 Jan 2009   #11
kranika

windows 7
 
 

after following the tut.....i tried to install windows 7 from it's iso within the system but got this error message saying:




pls help me guys.....i wud be so thankful to u
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28 Jan 2009   #12
dmex

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kranika View Post
after following the tut.....i tried to install windows 7 from it's iso within the system but got this error message saying:

pls help me guys.....i wud be so thankful to u
You can only do this by booting from the DVD, you cant install to a VHD from within windows
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28 Jan 2009   #13
kranika

windows 7
 
 

thanks for correcting me........i'll try dvd install...

Thaks a lot steven
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01 Feb 2009   #14
EnitSirk

Win7 Beta Ultimate 32bit
 
 
VHD_Boot goes to Startup Repair

I was able to get VHD_Boot on my Windows Boot Manager but is does not boot properly.. It always goes to Startup Repair.

Do I need to have OS pre-installed on the VHD before doing this?

I'm also not very familiar with VirtualOS configuration. I just followed the procedure on step 1 link and go on with this procedure after it.

Appreciate your help..
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03 Feb 2009   #15
spacesurfer

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta
 
 

Can a windows 7 booted from a VHD see my other HDD's and partitions?
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08 Feb 2009   #16
MrChris

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EnitSirk View Post
Do I need to have OS pre-installed on the VHD before doing this?
I would think so otherwise how would you "Boot the VHD" if its doesnt contain any bootable MBR or BootSect or OS?
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08 Feb 2009   #17
spacesurfer

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta
 
 

if you dont have a vhd with an os, you can run windows 7 os and create a vhd using diskpart and install to that. dual boot is done automatically for you. follow the tutorial on this site.
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01 Mar 2009   #18
conqrr

windows xp
 
 

i have the vhd with me, but i run xp , can i boot of it using a vista boot disk floppy??
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01 Mar 2009   #19
unawave

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", "Windows 7.vhd" and "pagefile.sys". Perhaps whilst installation the MBR was changed.
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