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Windows 7: Using VHD to install an OS other then Winodows 7

28 Apr 2009   #1

Using VHD to install an OS other then Winodows 7

Hey everyone,

I'm curious to know if a VHD can be setup in such a way so that an OS other then Windows 7 can be installed i.e. Linux, FreeBSD, XP, etc...

If so, is there any documentation on doing something like this?

I've looked at some of the tutorial online here and I guess the trick is getting the installer CD of the other operating system to be able to recognize the VHD as a physical disk, otherwise you need to mirror the install to the VHD.

Any input is appreciated.



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29 Apr 2009   #2


Well hopefully someone can confirm this.

But I found this here:

Boot from a VHD using Windows 7

It's mentioned that you can use VMWare workstation to install to a physical disk. In this case, the physical disk would be the VHD!

I'd like to know if anyone has don this. It sounds like it will work :) Obviously the problem is that the hardware detected will not have anything to do with your machine if you reboot directly into the OS on the VHD.
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01 May 2009   #3

VHD Boot for Non Windows OS

Hey Everyone,

I've created a VHD Disk that contains a non windows OS. It will boot under vmware, is there anyway to have the boot loader load this OS, or is that simply not possible?
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