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Windows 7: need help removing virtual hard drive


21 Sep 2011   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
need help removing virtual hard drive

hi I read a guide on deleting VHDs, i followed the steps until disk management where it said to detach VHD, but the VHD isnt showing up in the disk management.

what happened was my school installed a windows 7 enterprise on a vhd for all students, when I boot up I choose whether I want to boot my own windows 7 or the one on the VHD. now I dont go to the school anymore so I want to remove it because it takes up quite a lot of space on my computer.

when I boot into the VHD I can see the drive in disk management however it shows as C drive and has no indication that it is a VHD and cannot be detached.

how do I remove this stuff? can I just delete the .vhd?

I'm running windows 7 home premium 64bit, intel corei7


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21 Sep 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums catwomanqt.
Yes you may delete the .vhd and then Uninstall the virtual machine it used.
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21 Sep 2011   #3

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

thanks, how do I uninstall the virtual machine it used?
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21 Sep 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It should be listed in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features. Scroll to it and click on its name, at the top of the window an uninstall link will be available. Click it and follow any instructions.
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21 Sep 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Are you the admin of the system?
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21 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catwomanqt View Post
hi I read a guide on deleting VHDs, i followed the steps until disk management where it said to detach VHD, but the VHD isnt showing up in the disk management.

what happened was my school installed a windows 7 enterprise on a vhd for all students, when I boot up I choose whether I want to boot my own windows 7 or the one on the VHD. now I dont go to the school anymore so I want to remove it because it takes up quite a lot of space on my computer.

when I boot into the VHD I can see the drive in disk management however it shows as C drive and has no indication that it is a VHD and cannot be detached.

how do I remove this stuff? can I just delete the .vhd?

I'm running windows 7 home premium 64bit, intel corei7
Welcome to the windows 7 forums.

I recommend that you take a look at this tutorial.

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

It has creating and removing options which might help you.

Rich
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21 Sep 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by catwomanqt View Post
when I boot into the VHD I can see the drive in disk management however it shows as C drive and has no indication that it is a VHD and cannot be detached.
This is because it runs on a software virtual machine program and as such isn't a drive. It is simply another program which in this case acts as a separate computer.
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