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How do I use a Microsoft VHD file? How do I run it?

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That's a virtual-pc hard drive file. Install virtual pc and select the VHD to run. I assume you're trying to use XP-mode.

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I have Windows 7. When I install Virtual PC and run it, all it does is open a directory InternetUser\Virtual Machines. – user1413 Sep 30 '10 at 1:12

It's a V irtual H ard D isk, to be used with VirtualPC or another similar program that supports the VHD format - like VirtualBox.

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VirtualPC does not work at all -- all it does is open a directory. I'll try VirtualPC. – user1413 Sep 30 '10 at 1:13
    
I'll try VirtualBox, I meant. – user1413 Sep 30 '10 at 1:14

You can follow the steps listed here: http://www.kodyaz.com/tools/how-to-mount-vhd-file-virtual-disk-without-virtual-pc-vpc.aspx to do this without using a Virtual PC. You can use a free program called Gizmo Central

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Windows 7 doesn't need additional software to mount VHD files as another HDD. In Disk Managed (available from Computer Management) use Action | Attach VHD. – Richard Sep 30 '10 at 10:02

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