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

17 Jan 2010   #80
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's good news. Thank you for posting back with your results.


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19 Jan 2010   #81
MNcamper

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I am still having problems getting a vLite-generated install to complete so I thought I would try installing Win 7 Pro 64 from the Dell reinstallation DVD that came with my system.

Imagine my surprise when, at the END of the install, I got a LICENSE ERROR message telling me that I could not boot this system from a VHD. I assume that this has something to do with the OEM version from Dell and would not be a problem with a retail version.

I just thought that someone who is contemplating installing Windows 7 to a VHD might like to know this.
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20 Jan 2010   #82
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

MNcamper,

What edition of Windows 7 do you currently have installed?

While all Windows 7 editions can create and attach a VHD, only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support booting from a VHD.
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20 Jan 2010   #83
MNcamper

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

My OS, as delivered from Dell, is Windows 7 Professional 64.

I either missed that big red warning at the beginning of your tutorial or, at the time, I did not know enough about what I was doing to grasp the meaning of the warning.
It was not a complete waste of my time, however. I did learn a few things about how to set up a VHD and a bit about the inside of Windows 7.
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20 Jan 2010   #84
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Don't feel bad MNcamper. It just dawned on me as well that your Windows 7 edition may not support it as well.

Well, at least you'll be ready to do it if you should decide to upgrade to Ultimate later.
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28 Jan 2010   #85
michaeljeshurun

Windows 7 Home (64-bit)
 
 
Hmmm...I wish I found this thread first...

I found other articles on booting from a VHD first a few months ago. After getting all the way throught the process on a 7-Home disk earlier today I got a "...not supported on this OS" error when I tried to boot from the completed install. I clicked on a further reading link at the bottom, got here, and saw the message in big bold red...Ultimate and Enterprise only! Ouch!

Thanks Brink, for presenting such a good guide.

I have a TV card in a 7-Home, that won't work on my 2008Server RC2, thus prompting my experimentation with VHDs. I tried the Hyper-V only to find out I don't have a lot of necessary access to peripherals like the graphics card which I need for the TV. I read tons, and never found out about the limitations, so I was a bit frustrated right from the start, and now this roadblock.

I was hoping before I go too far, even if I go buy an Ultimate disk, when I boot from a VHD, will I still get access to my shared programs on my server?

Somebody will save me from hours of work, and possible self-hair pulling if they know.

P.S. on February 1: I found a trial of Ultimate I'd downloaded but never tried from my earlier roadblocks, got the booting .vhd going with it, and I did get access to my server's programs from other computers. The TV card is working too. My USB to VGA adapter isn't though. If I can't get a 3rd monitor going, I'll have to switch back to the previous computer. Two steps forward, one step back.
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13 Feb 2010   #86
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

When I started the PC and noticed no entry of VHD drive in the hard disc menue(two HDDs in the hard system). I selected the one which contains the W7 and the data partition where VHD resides. Then I got the following message. I pressed ENTER as prompt indicated to proceed. Then, Windows 7 booted up without going through any menu selection process. Obviously there must be only one entry in the menu. What could be the problem?


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13 Feb 2010   #87
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Churin,

From looking at your other posts, did you use this tutorial to create the VHD?
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13 Feb 2010   #88
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Churin,

From looking at your other posts, did you use this tutorial to create the VHD?
Yes, I did. I wonder if I need to detach it and start over.
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13 Feb 2010   #89
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

Let me correct my previous post including the error message.
The first two sentences in my post which includes the error message image are irrelevant to the present problem. Please assume I stared the PC to boot W7 and the error message was displayed before the W7 was up. I then clicked Continue on the display and the W7 was launched as usual. Before the W7 was up, there was no menu from which VHD was supposed to be selected. Obviously, the system detected only one bootable item.
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