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I have used VirtualBox to create a VM, and installed the latest Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it.

I have a .VHD file with the OS installed.

I am wondering, since Windows 7 supports boot from a VHD file, whether it is possible to simply create a new boot option using thid VHD file and boot of it.

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Yes you can. Windows 7 supports boot from VHD. There are two blog posts I've seen on this.

One from Scott Hanselman and this one

Since you already have the vhd, you only need to run the Bcdedit command .

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Is it possible to do this with a Linux VHD as well as a Windows VHD? – Anderson Green Nov 13 '12 at 1:43
    
It is my understanding that only Windows OS is supported in VHD boot. However, i see no mention of that in this MS post on the topic: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825689.aspx – uSlackr Nov 14 '12 at 3:50

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