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Windows 7: Convert a VHD File to a ISO File

Convert a VHD File to a ISO File

How to Convert a VHD File to a ISO File
Published by ikilledkenny
18 Jun 2009
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How to Convert a VHD File to a ISO File

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This will help show you how to convert a VHD file to a ISO file.
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In order to upgrade, you need to run the installer in Vista SP2 compatibility mode. That is done by right-clicking on the setup.exe files and going to Properties > Compatibility mode and checking "Run in compatibility mode for..."

Follow these instructions verbatim:

You will need:
  • An ISO of a functional Windows 7 RC1 build
  • The VHD of build 7260
  • WinRAR, PowerISO, or MagicISO
  • ImageX
  • A blank DVD
  • A DVD burner
  • An image burning program like ImgBurn or Infrarecorder

1a) Capture the contents of the RC1 DVD (If you don't have the image already). Once you get the image go to step 1b.

1b) If/now that you have an image of the RC1, then use WinRAR/PowerISO/MagicISO to extract the contents to a folder.

2) Take the VHD of build and mount it.

3) Open a command prompt with administrative privledges and navigate to the folder with ImageX in it.

4) Capture the contents of the image with "imagex /capture" (no quotes) and follow the example listed 2 or 3 lines above (in the command prompt). Save that as install2.wim.

5) Once that is finished, go to the folder with the RC1 DVD contents in it. Navigate to the "sources" folder and delete install.wim.

6) Place install2.wim in the "sources" folder where you deleted install.wim from.

7) Rename install2.wim to "install.wim" (no quotes, it should look like the file you deleted)

8) Go to cversion.ini (in that same directory) and change "MinClient" to "[the number of the build you want to install]" (no quotes on either of those). Save that.

9) Create a disk image from that folder using ImgBurn/Infrarecorder (whichever you installed).

10) Burn the disk image to a blank DVD.

11) Close all of your programs, load up the installer from within Windows and choose a custom install. Choose your hard drive, and let it go.

20 Jun 2009   #1

windows seven

thank you

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20 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074

No problem :)
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22 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit

I may be missing the context here, does "The VHD of build 7260 " suggest this procedure relates solely to updating an RC1 ISO to a Build 7260 ISO, as opposed to a general method for creating ISOs from bootable VHDs ?
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13 Oct 2009   #4

VHD To ISO (installation Setup)

I have a question,is this like you setup your os and install all the software you want and set the settings as you want.and make a backup of it (just like Acronis True Image Home) and save it into the VHD (to ISO) so that you can install the os and all the software,settings etc will be the same as you saved it when creating the VHD (to ISO) if so..this is perfect to create a awesome installation iso!.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2010   #5

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64

My question is about the step 11).
Can I let the system boot from the new W7 installer DVD and go from there instead of starting installation within Windows 7?
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