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Windows 7: vhd to hard drive

16 Jul 2009   #1
cricket

win 7 7600
 
 
vhd to hard drive

hello
i have a win 7 rtm vhd
i can run it on virtual pc but
is there anyway to install it on my original hard disk


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16 Jul 2009   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I guess NO.
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16 Jul 2009   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can capture the vhd with imagex to create an install.wim.

imagex /compress maximum /flags "Ultimate 7600" /capture X: C:\install.wim "Windows 7 Ultimate"

( replace X with virtual drive letter and C: with wherever you want to save it to).



You could just install from that newly created install.wim if you currently have Vista/7 installed.

Or you can extract the files from an .iso of another recent 7 build, then replace the install .wim in the sources folder with the new install.wim you just made.

Make those files back into a bootable .iso and there you go.

OR you can do the same thing with Gimagex:

http://www.autoitscript.com/gimagex/

Source is the VHD mounted drive.

Destination - wherever you want to save it to.

Filename - install.wim

Flag - Ultimate .

Description - whatever you want to call it.
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16 Jul 2009   #4
cricket

win 7 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

You could just install from that newly created install.wim if you currently have Vista/7 installed.
ok i have created install.wim as you mentioned
but what should i do now

thanks
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16 Jul 2009   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1. If you want to make a bootable .iso, you need to have one of the recent 7 build iso's already.

7201 and 7100 seem to work fine. ( same bit version as your vhd of course).

Use PowerIso or Ultaiso or any extractor to extract that.iso

Replace the install.wim ( in the sources folder among the files you just extracted ) with the new install.wim you just made.

Make those files back into a bootable .iso .Done.

2. OR you could install using the install.wim , without making another bootable .iso

You need NT6 o/s ( Vista/7 ) already installed , and you need to keep that already installed o/s and create another partition for the 7 installation.

I'll make another another post about that second method - if you are not intending to make a bootable .iso
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16 Jul 2009   #6
cricket

win 7 7600
 
 

i dont have an iso so can you explain about second method please
thanks
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16 Jul 2009   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I assume you are currently in Vista and it is C.

You don't need the vhd drive anymore - so get rid of that , and create a new partition to install 7 on. Give it a drive letter ( I will assume D ) and mark it active.

Extract the install.wim ( I assume it is on C, i.e the path is C:\install.wim ) onto that new partition (D).

imagex /apply C:\install.wim 5 D:\

should take a few minutes.

Then issue this command :

D:\windows\system32\bcdboot D:\windows

should say boot files created successfully.

Reboot. It will install.

After that , to create a dual boot menu :

Mark vista partition Active again.

Boot into Vista.

Open an elevated cmd and type:

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Win 7"

A {GUID} will be returned, use that , including brackets , in the commands below:

bcdedit /set { the-guid-you-got} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set { the-guid-you-got} osdevice partition=D:

The description between " " can be anything you like.

Obviously, replace the C and D above with your drive letters as appropriate.
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16 Jul 2009   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Lol, after typing all that - there is a tutorial here - probably easier to follow than my post :

Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device
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16 Jul 2009   #9
cricket

win 7 7600
 
 

thanks a ton siw2
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17 Jul 2009   #10
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi Cricket, hope this tutorial helps you find what you want.
Convert a VHD File to a ISO File
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