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Is it possible to install e.g. ubuntu on a vhd in virtualbox and boot it normally at the pc start or start it as a virtual machine in Windows 8 or Win7?

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No, Windows is currently the only operating system that supports booting directly from VHD files without the use of a hypervisor.

Your solutions for using Ubuntu are the following:

  1. Install it in a virtual machine (as you've done already) and create a startup entry for VirtualBox that will load your VM file upon Windows login. This article may be of use.
  2. Install Ubuntu inside Windows using the Wubi installer. Note this is not virtualisation.
  3. Install Ubuntu natively, on its own partition, alongside Windows.
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Thanks for the fast reply. I will give it a try. –  ehebrecht Apr 15 '13 at 5:51

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