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

14 Apr 2016   #150
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Correct, to use the tutorial on the first page to create a new VHD and install Windows 7 on for better results.

You're not misguided, but just something wrong with your current VHD.


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14 Apr 2016   #151
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Correct, to use the tutorial on the first page to create a new VHD and install Windows 7 on for better results.

You're not misguided, but just something wrong with your current VHD.
Well that is simple enough. When the FRESH install occurs the MBR is modified such that the FRESH install is 1st on the BOOT MGR list & is now the default system.

It would seem to me that I should be able to execute the same BCDedit commands to achieve the same behavior for the preexisting vhd. After all, the vhd for the FRESH install is created prior to installation. I guess the question is do these commands have to be executed at the time when the system is placed on the vhd or can they be executed after the fact? If so, what are the commands & how?
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14 Apr 2016   #152
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If you wanted to do it like in the tutorial on the first page here, then you'll need to follow those steps.
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14 Apr 2016   #153
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

I got it to work.

In your tutorial you operate CMD mode in the WIN PE environment which is equivalent to the built in ADMIN acct. The other tutorial does not. It mentions to operate in the ELEVATED CMD mode, but this apparently is not good enough at least in my case. So logging into the built in ADMIN acct to execute the BCDedit commands will give the least hassles in booting into a preexisting vhd.

Maybe the other tutorial should be amended?
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15 Apr 2016   #154
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Shawn,
Now that I got my vhd's to boot OK I would like to repackage them into WindowsImageBackup file once again. Do you have any suggestions as to how to proceed? My first attempt failed so it is not exactly like imaging a system on a physical drive.
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15 Apr 2016   #155
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure about that.
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