Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

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    Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

    While all Windows 7 editions can create and attach a VHD, only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support booting from a VHD.
    What if I have a windows 7 Home Premium but I use EasyBCD to boot into VHD?
    Is it going to work?
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello ShellExecutor, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Sorry, but no. Only the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support booting from a VHD.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

    Hi guys,

    I'm running Windows 7 (native VHD ) Ultimate x64 on Dell l502x (currently 1 internal drive)
    It looks like the MS VHD HBA (Storage Controller) and the HD - ST9750420AS ATA Device (Disk Drive) use the same driver, but the version# is the OS version...


    Attempts to update the driver fail (not sure if it's cause the drive is in use, being natively virtualised, or if it's the wrong one...)

    Is there a way of updating this driver?

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    Windows7 Pro

    i have used VirtualBox to install Windows 7 Ultimate on VHD, then i have created Boot menu with EasyBCD.

    So i have Copied \boot folder and bootmgr and Windows7.vhd on a new PC with a formatted NTFS harddisk
    Then i make it bootable with Bootsect /nt60 i.e C:

    Voilą !! A virtualized Windows7 Ultimate on a cleaned and real PC.:)

    I have a small footprint of Bootmanager
    Backup is copy VHD on another Disk
    if some goes wrong i can restore /copy the VHD back.
    All is inside a fixed/dinamic VHD
    I can access my data on real partition NTFS
    i Can create/attach another VHD for data

    i cannot easily change the size of VHD
    If i want change the pc which is hosting my VHD , i have to reset HAL layer inside VHD to get new hardware updated.


    Last edited by pippox0; 15 Mar 2017 at 00:46.
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