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Windows 7: Boot from a VHD using Windows 7


20 Nov 2008   #39
dmex

 
Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

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

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28 Apr 2009   #40
spacesurfer

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta
 
 

There's nothing special involved. Just start setup as usual and follow the instructions. Although I haven't tried it with XP, Windows 7 should take care of the boot menu.


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12 Jun 2009   #41
Cashis

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 

Hi guys can i use this method of booting if i currently am running Windows 7?
Also can i use this method for using the VHD I downloaded for build 7231?
And if i can use the downloaded VHD 7231 where does it need to be located?
Do i just need to follow this Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD Tutorial to attach it and thats it or does the original VHD need to be somewhere spacific?
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12 Jun 2009   #42
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Cashis,

Yes, you can use this tutorial to boot your 7231 VHD with. Just start with step 2 instead since you already have a VHD file. It does not matter where you save the VHD file at.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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12 Jun 2009   #43
Cashis

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Cashis,

Yes, you can use this tutorial to boot your 7231 VHD with. Just start with step 2 instead since you already have a VHD file. It does not matter where you save the VHD file at.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Great thanks for the Reply/Help/Tutorial much appreciated.
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12 Jun 2009   #44
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Cashis.
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18 Jun 2009   #45
njel

Windows 7 Build 7232 x64 RC
 
 

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18 Jun 2009   #46
Mercurial

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

I got a question =O!

Will the OS boot like a normal OS. supports video card, loads hardware drivers and everything! or will it be like OS in a visualization software? (sorry haven't tested it :P)

Thanks
Mercurial~
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18 Jun 2009   #47
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mercurial,

It will operate just like a normal OS.

Shawn
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22 Jun 2009   #48
Sandy

Vista HP SP1
 
 
Win 7 boot from USB HDD

Hi Steven,

Great Job. Could you throw some light as to how to move this vhd to a bootable primary partition on a USB HDD and subsequently create a BCD entry for it.

I created a vhd on my laptop (on another partition), used imagex to capture an image of Windows 7 installed on the same partition, applied the image to the vhd. I then created a bootable / system partition on the USB HDD (also contains Ubuntu Jaunty) and modified grub to point to the correct partition for the Windows entry. I copied the vhd to the partition, however, when I edit the bcd, it edits my existing BCD on the local disk, does not create / edit the BCD on the USB HDD. On booting from the USB HDD and selecting Windows 7, i get the message "No Loader".

Any ideas as to where I am going wrong ? I will try to install Windows 7 as you have suggested, copy this to the USB partition and modify the BCD. What would the drive mapping be in this case for the VHD ?

Thanks,
Sandy
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26 Jun 2009   #49
bnc123

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Vista x64 (Dual boot)
 
 

Does anyone know what retail version of Windows 7 will be required to utilize the Boot from VHD option ?

Windows 7 Professional ?

Windows 7 Ultimate ?
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