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Windows 7: Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

13 Feb 2010   #90

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Yeah, it sounds like a mistake may have been made somewhere. I would start all over, and see how it does this round.

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12 May 2010   #91

Windows 10 Pro X64

Kari pointed me here. I didn't know this capability existed. Thanks for another great tutorial Shawn.

Can the vhd be created on a drive other than the boot drive? Mine only has 40GB free (of 80GB) but I have other drives with >200GB free.
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12 May 2010   #92

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Rich,

I have not tried it, but you should be able to as long as it's an internal hard drive. Just substitute the drive letter in the instructions to the drive letter of the drive you want to use instead. :)
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13 May 2010   #93

Windows 10 Pro X64

I have Pro X64 which does not seem to support booting a VHD, at least that's what one one the posts in this thread said. Is that still true?

I'll try creating it using a different drive, just to see if I can, but it doesn't look like I'll actually be able to boot it.
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13 May 2010   #94

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ah, I didn't even notice that as your OS. Yes, only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support booting from a VHD.
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28 May 2010   #95


Hi shawn
I have a problem and some questions for you :)
I use a N61VN ASUS notebook and window 7 home pre. 64 bit.I hve allready created a .vhd file ;
Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot-sshot25.png

And I can attach it easily;

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot-sshot26.png

But when I want to try install Windows 7 Ultimate on this .vhd partition I can not click next button (Yout tuttorial step 15) it's warning "Windows cannot be install to this disk"
and ofcourse i can't install (I have to say; I start installing proses from desktop)
So what is the wrong thing?

Ah i find the problem here sorry

And second thing;
I'm traying to understand this virtualisation tecnology and where i can use it.

1-I want to install a windows 7 like this tuttorial on a vhd partition and I want to cary it as a .vhd format (for ex. in a flash drive) for use On another computer. Is it posible?
if not why we do this tuttorial instead of using for example this one
What is the difference?

2-Some times i see windows 7 or windows 3.1 or another files like that in vhd format.İf I download one of that how I'll use it? I download a windows 3.1 but i failed to work it

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28 May 2010   #96

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Nonpasaran,

Q1) Since you have Vista listed as your OS, you will not be able to use this tutorial to boot from a VHD file. You would only be able to if you had the Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise edition installed since only they support booting from a VHD.

If you woulld like to use VHD files with Vista, then you would need to use a program like Virtual PC 2007 SP1 to create a virtual machine first and select to use a VHD file of your choice instead of creating a new VHD while setting up the virtual machine.

Hope this helps,
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28 May 2010   #97


thanks shawn
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28 May 2010   #98

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome. :)
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03 Feb 2011   #99
Zoe Chan

Win 7 Ultimate 64

Dear all,

Am having a Win 7 ultimate 64 as base and i follow the tutorial. But de thing is....

At the 1st step, Create vdisk....

It does not create any but it just show

Microsoft diskpart version 6.0.6011
partition - cretae a partition
volume - create a volume.

May i know what is wrong????

I tried boot into OS and do the same thing.. the VHD can be created,

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