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Windows 7: Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

20 Nov 2008   #59
dmex

 
Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

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

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05 Oct 2009   #60
Flex

Win 7
 
 
Network boot VHD's?

Is it possible set a path inside the boot manager to a VHD located on another computer?

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18 Oct 2009   #61
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Welcome to SF! Flex

I seriously doubt anyone will be answering that question so I'll make this brief. Any VHD first has to be attached in the Disk Management tool on the local machine it will be booted from before the BCD entry for it is made.

For a vhd located on a totally separate machine from a host you would some other networking configuration in order to start up a virtual machine on the second machine itself by remote access.

One other question regarding booting 7 from a vhd regards the change of editions from the Ultimate 32/64bit beta at the time this guide was first written until now where one blog points out a problem when trying something like this with the Professional not Ultimate edition.

The blog at the link shows this limited to the Ultimate and Enterprise editions only unless making a few changes? Windows 7 – Booting from a VHD – Gotcha
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19 Oct 2009   #62
Flex

Win 7
 
 

Thanks for going out of your way to answer that. I've been looking into other methods. Experimenting with MDOP 2009 on XP and waiting for MDOP 2009 R2 to be released to start experimenting on 7. Appreciate the info. Thanks again.
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15 Dec 2009   #63
ence51

XP on Fusion 3 on Snow Leopard
 
 
Upgrading XP to Windows 7 on Fusion 3

I am running 32-bit XP as a virtual machine through Fusion 3. As a student I purchased 64-bit Windows 7 upgrade download and hard disk copy. I am unable to open the disk in XP because it is 64-bit. If I create a new 64-bit virtual machine then the disk boots but then tells me that I must install from a valid existing copy of windows (which makes sense since I only purchase the upgrade, not a full copy?). I didn't get far with the download because of the error you mentioned "We are unable to create or save new files in the folder in which this application was downloaded. Please check the folder properties to make sure that you have security permission on the folder to write files and that the folder is not read-only."

Can you help me?
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21 Mar 2011   #64
t00ls

linux windows 7 vhd within a vhd
 
 
just got this going in 30 min

I followed the tutorial .....and was lost, because I named my vhd something other than disk1

Quote:
Step 4: Then type this command bcdedit /set {CLSID_Number} osdevice vhd=[C:]\disk1.vhd
that was my mistake...I was in a hurry and didnt read

but how I got this sytem to boot so quick is I opened the windows install dvd's .wim file with 7zip and extracted it to the drive, rebooted ..........voila , setup takes over (rather quickly) and with one reboot.....windows 7 running on a file in a file

oops did I mention I'm on a linux computer running virtualbox windows 7,windows7
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05 Mar 2012   #65
techmonkey

Windows 7
 
 

Has MS given other versions of Windows 7 the ability to boot from VHD besides Ultimate and Server? I have professional.
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12 May 2012   #66
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What is native VHD boot?

Native VHD boot enables a physical computer to be booted directly from a virtual hard disk (VHD) with no requirement for virtualization software (such as Microsoft® Virtual PC or Hyper-V™). Native VHD boot is made possible with the addition of a mini-port driver that is responsible for all input/output (IO) operations to and from the disk. Earlier versions of Windows (such as Windows Vista®, Windows XP, and Windows 2000) do not support native VHD boot, and therefore, you cannot use them to implement the functionality described in this document.

Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg318048(v=ws.10).aspx

So no VISTA I assume(?) In tutorial you say VISTA is possible, but is it?
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12 May 2012   #67
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ron,

Yes, you could can boot from a Vista VHD since Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise supports booting from a VHD. You just cannot boot from a VHD if your installed OS is anything other than Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise.

Since you have Windows 7 Home Premium, you will not be able to boot from a VHD though.
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12 May 2012   #68
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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

Yes, you could can boot from a Vista VHD since Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise supports booting from a VHD. You just cannot boot from a VHD if your installed OS is anything other than Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise.

Since you have Windows 7 Home Premium, you will not be able to boot from a VHD though.
I already knew it wasn't working in Windows 7 HP. So website I referred to is wrong?
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12 May 2012   #69
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No, it's not wrong. It doesn't matter what OS the VHD file is. What matters is what OS you have installed to be able to boot from the VHD. That's all it's saying.
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