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I would like to create a VHD (virtual disk). I know this can be done with diskpart

create vdisk file C:\w7.vhd maximum 10

However I am trying to do it with PowerShell. I found the New-VHD Cmdlet, however it appears to only work with Windows 8 and I am using Windows 7. How can I use New-VHD with Windows 7, or failing that is another way available?

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Did you install PowerShell 4.0 (which is the version that command is valid for)? To get it on Windows 7 you'll need to install the Windows Management Framework 4.0. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 28 '14 at 20:21
@techie007 I already have that installed, no dice. – Steven Penny Apr 28 '14 at 20:51
I wonder if you would get the new-vhd commandlet if you installed the Hyper-V Remote Administration tools. – Zoredache Apr 28 '14 at 23:40
@Zoredache where is that – Steven Penny Apr 28 '14 at 23:43

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An alternative that works for me is to use VirtualBox to create the VHD


And Windows 7 installer to format it


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Indeed, the New-VHD CmdLet is only available for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

Info :

Thus, you should use diskpart or the GUI to create a VHD. Notice you can use diskpart in a script. Here are two posts that should help you :


Hope this helps.

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