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

29 Jul 2009   #60
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Boredwin7tester, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but no. The tutorial can only be done using a Windows 7 Ultimate installation DVD.

Shawn


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30 Jul 2009   #61
boredwin7tester

Windows XP, Vista, Damn Small Linux, PendriveLinux
 
 

What I meant was, can Windows XP be used as the base operating system before the Windows 7 Virtual Hard Disk file is created. (and can the same process be used to create and attach the VHD?)

I plan on using the dvd, but the os on my testing computer is XP.

win7tester
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30 Jul 2009   #62
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I know you can with Vista, but I have not tried it with XP. You can give it a try using the Windows 7 Ultimate installation DVD to see. If it does not work, then you can just delete the VHD.
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09 Aug 2009   #63
boredwin7tester

Windows XP, Vista, Damn Small Linux, PendriveLinux
 
 
New Method

Because I do not currently have a DVD RW disc with me, I mounted the win7.iso using virtual clonedrive. Because of the virtualization, the boot record is not found at start up. Would the command line commands still work if I run the command prompt with shift+F10 after activating the setup.exe file contained on the .iso?

I'm just improvising this method, but I think that once setup.exe is run, I can just go to the install now link after executing the virtual diskpart that the tutorial outlines.

win7tester
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09 Aug 2009   #64
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It may work like that with a mounted virtual CD drive. Please let us know how it turns out for you.
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10 Aug 2009   #65
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boredwin7tester View Post
Because I do not currently have a DVD RW disc with me, I mounted the win7.iso using virtual clonedrive. Because of the virtualization, the boot record is not found at start up. Would the command line commands still work if I run the command prompt with shift+F10 after activating the setup.exe file contained on the .iso?

I'm just improvising this method, but I think that once setup.exe is run, I can just go to the install now link after executing the virtual diskpart that the tutorial outlines.

win7tester
That doesn't seem likely:

The host OS may or may not allow 'setup.exe' to execute from the mounted iso, but when you hit 'Shift-F10', that 'command' will go to the Host OS, not to the running setup.exe.

The tutorial does not deal with a "virtual diskpart", but a real Win 7 diskpart.exe.
The reason that the tutorial works properly, is the fact that you are booting a real Win7 system
into 'empty-memory' from the DVD, USB, etc...
The 'Shift-F10' command will now go to the real Win 7.

Otherwise, the so-called 'empty-memory' contains whatever you last booted,
which became filled with XP, Vista, etc, not what's on the 'mounted iso'.

Q: What does the "boot record" have to do with anything?
That's simply code to read the CD...
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17 Aug 2009   #66
boredwin7tester

Windows XP, Vista, Damn Small Linux, PendriveLinux
 
 

As I expected, the method didn't work.
As for the boot record, what I meant was even though the computer knew that a disk was inserted, it didn't find the boot record and proceeded with regular startup.
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20 Aug 2009   #67
tblount7

Windows 7
 
 

After I had set up the VHD and booted into it, windows woudn't accept my reg number.. I left it blank and pressed enter and it did some more setup and then said there was a licenses problem and VHD would not be supported on this machine. Can't believe I wasted an entire day with this to have it crap out. I used my valid reg number Microsoft sent to me.
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01 Sep 2009   #68
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I followed this guide tonight to get Windows 7 installed on my work laptop alongside the Vista that I need for work purposes. It worked perfectly, was super easy and now I have a laptop booting Vista, 7 and Ubuntu. It's a good day.
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01 Sep 2009   #69
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Parks,

I'm happy to hear all went well for you. Thank you for posting back your results.

Shawn
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