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Windows 7: Switching from VMware to Native VHD

20 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Switching from VMware to Native VHD

Okay, I took all my virtual hard drives from vmware and opened your tutorial:
Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot
But it says: "Insert your retail copy Windows 7 installation disk into the CD/DVD drive, and restart the computer."

And I have OEM installation, I don't have windows 7 installation disc.

Is it possible to create and boot VHD in windows 7 ultimate without windows 7 installation disc?

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20 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Senteaf,

For an existing VHD file, the steps in this tutorial to boot from it may work better for you.

Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

**I have just seen that it only works with windows 7. All my vhd files are windows XP...

What can I do?
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20 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, sorry. XP will not work for this.

You could continue using the XP VHD in VMWare. If you have a XP installion disc or ISO, you could dual boot XP and Windows 7.
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20 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay thanks for the dual-boot tutorial, I will try that one.

But I want to use the windows 7 VHD native boot too.
There is noway to do it without an installation disc?
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20 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No, you will still have to have a Windows 7 installation disk/USB to install it from onto a created VHD at boot.
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20 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay then, where can I download windows 7 installation disc.


I will use my key to install it...
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20 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're OEM Windows 7 product key is activated on your current installation and permanently tied to your specific computer, so you will not be able to use it to activate on another computer or on another installation on the same computer.

To do this, you will have to purchase another legal copy of Windows 7 that comes with a new product key. I would recommend a retail version to make doing this easier.
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21 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay thank you.

I will try retail.
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21 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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