Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    i have got the same issue here, i created VHD but when i reboot the system i does not show it again. any ideas ???

    by the way i am using the final release of windows 7 RTM build 7600.
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  2. Posts : 72,139
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello Cyborgee, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Where do you have the VHD file save at?

    Was this VHD created using the method in the tutorial or another program?

    It seems to be either a new feature or bug in the final RTM build. Any attached VHD (newly created or existing) will no longer be attached after a restart. It seems to only be a temporary feature per active session now. I have added a warning at the top of the tutorial.
    Last edited by Brink; 21 Oct 2009 at 17:38.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    Thanks Brink

    well , i made the VHD by using the same method in the tutorial. and i save it on drive C , system partition.

    I went through many blogs about creating VHD. and i have found that most of them has the same issue. but i found that one of them mentioned that in order to have a bootable VHD then you have to create it by using setup CD (repair command) , and using certain commands to create it. after that install the operating system directly without rebooting.

    i will try this to install windows 2008 R2 which has the same tools as windows 7, and i will inform you about it.

    But it is important to have a VHD that starts while windows 7 booting without installing an operating system.
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  4. Posts : 72,139
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Oh, well if you wanted to be able to boot from a VHD with a OS on it like normal, then this will help show you how to.

    Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot
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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Operating System

    NOOB question

    My boss got me a new Windows 7 box and wants me to create Virtual Machines running either Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2005. I have used MS Virtual Server 2005 in the past, but with Windows 7, I can't install the applicatioin, I get a "hard block" or whatever the terminology is.

    Anyways, I followed the awesome tutorial above, and have created a VHD on my box, but was wondering how I would go about installing another OS to it, is that even possible with the available functionality? I have done my best to research this topic, but plead ignorance because I can't find any tutorials in regards to installing a "non windows 7 OS" as a virtual machine on a windows 7 machine....

    And yes, as I was typing all this, I stumbled upon my answer... fmylife, but thanks guys for adding to this awesome forum!

    Windows Virtual PC - Create Virtual Machine
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  6. Posts : 72,139
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello Gazhalim,

    LOL, I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. :)
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    Same isuue here.

    Spice Boy said:
    Hiya guys...

    I am trying to create a VHD so I can trial win7x64 and I have hit a virtual wall....

    So far I have followed the tut and created the VHD file and now it doesn't show up in computer management...

    I have looked at where I placed the .VHD file and its there but nothing showing up at all...

    Have I missed something?
    Hi. Ive followed your steps but when i look inside or double click the hard drive theres nothing inside and nothing happens.

    I attached an image created by W7 of a backup and i was hoping this tut might help but the only thing i see its an empty 180G space.

    If some could help would be greatly appreciated.
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  8. Posts : 72,139
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello Chulojay, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    If this VHD is of a Windows 7 system image backup, then this might help instead to attach it.

    System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

    Hope this helps,
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  9. Posts : 341
    W7 Ult x64, W8 Pro x64 and W10 Pro x64

    I followed the steps(I think) but the VHD created does not have anything in it. Is this what is supposed to be?
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  10. Posts : 72,139
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello Churin,

    If you created a new VHD, then yes it would be empty. It's just like creating a new partition or volume. :)
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