VHD is a file format which represents a "Virtual Hard Disk" drive.

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Hide partition with VHD file during specialize or OOBE pass

I am creating a system based on VHD. The partition is like this: +----------+-----------+ | VHD file | User Data | +----------+-----------+   | +------------+ | SYSTEM | +------------+ The ...
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Does SSD TRIM work with a 'Boot from VHD' scenario?

I have recently purchased an Intel X-25 G2 SSD (160GB) as an extra drive for my laptop. I created a fixed size disk virtual disk (40GB) and have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 onto this VHD. I now ...
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Dismount a VHDx file mounted in a folder?

On a usb drive, I have a VHDx file (which is bitlocked). I want to create two scripts to quickly mount and dismount the VHDx file on Windows 8 system. I want to mount the drive in a subfolder on my ...
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Is it possible to mount Windows Azure VHD disk to my local machine

I have a storage account on windows azure and I need to use one of my cloud VHD disk on my local machine. I know that it is possible to download whole image but I have no need of this. I am planing to ...
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How to mount vhd in Windows Vista?

How do you mount a .vhd file in Windows Vista? In Windows 7 you use disk management but there is no option available for Windows Vista.
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One VHD attached to multiple computers

Is it possible to have one VHD and have multiple computers attach it? I get the error "Cannot attach vhd because another process is using it".
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bcdedit mistake while trying to set up boot to vhd in windows 7. any way to fix this?

so yeah i made a mistake in bcdedit when attempting to set up boot to vhd (which i have done 50 times on this box for temporary SP dev env). This time around after I did my routine and ...
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How can I see which edition of windows 8 is installed on a hdd image without starting it?

I have a .vhdx image of a installed Windows 8 and I need to know which edition is installed on that image. Because I encounter the same issue described in this question: Getting Windows 8 System ...
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Use vhdx backup file as Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

I have a Windows 8 machine which I backed-up using the Control Panel -> Windows 7 File Recovery -> Create System Image. This produces a folder with a lot of .xml and a 2 .vhdx files. Is it possible to ...
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Server 2008 R2 blu-ray driver problem?

I'm attempting to make my win 7 laptop dual boot to a vhd where I will install server 2008 r2. Creating the vhd, booting to it, with a bootable usb drive w/ the server 2008 r2 sp1 iso, no problem. ...
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Resize VHD for use in VPC [duplicate]

Created a VHD from a machine using disk2vhd. File created is 61GB, partition on the VHD is set to 149GB. Virtual PC won't let me use the VHD (as the partition is too large, has to be below 127GB). ...
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How do I use this IE10 Virtual Machine?

I downloaded this IE10 virtual machine for windows 7 and I have managed to mount the VHD, but how do I actually get it to start? Do I need to also install virtual PC or some other software or ...
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Encrypt a virtual hard disk on Windows 7 Home Premium?

I have a virtual hard disk file (*.VHD) and as Windows 7 Home Premium user, I don't have BitLocker to encrypt this hard disk. So is there any alternative way for me to do so?
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normal OS boot and virtual boot in windows as vhd

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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where do VHD file get there space from?

I have just created a VHD on windows server 2012 fixed space of 1GB but I am really confused to how it gets the space? Where does the 1GB come from? If I were to move the VHD to another virtual ...
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Use bootable vhd with Virtualbox

I want to create a bootable Windows 7 vhd using the steps mentioned at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=80ede31d-3509-407b-a896-0beea8705589&displaylang=en However, I ...
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Location of an extended partiton in a physical disk?

I am trying to copy a physical disk to a VHD file. It works fine when OS is on primary partition but when I try to copy OS which is on extended partition the VHD wont boot. The scenario is Boot files ...
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How to repair Windows 7 boot loader on UEFI system? [duplicate]

On a Windows 7 Home Premium PC, I tried creating a Windows 8 VHD and booting to it. I created a VHD as my E: drive, installed Win8 into it with imagex, and then ran bcdboot E:\Windows. I've done ...
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Good places to download .vhd images with different operating systems? [closed]

I'm running virtualbox and have found it slightly inconvenient to have to create a new VHD and perform an OS install for every single *nix flavor (or other operating systems) that i want to use. Is ...
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Is Microsoft's HyperV VHD file just the image of the hard disk?

I would like to know if the Microsoft HyperV VHD file is just an image of the hard disk. I have a VHD file, and I'm wondering if it contains the entire image of the VM environment. In other words, if ...
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Adding Windows 7 VHD back to multiboot in Windows 8

I have currently installed Windows 8 Pro with WMC on my laptop. This laptop came with Windows 7, here were some stock apps installed by HP that I want to run now, unfortunately, HP has not yet ...
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How can I test a restore from a Windows 7 backup?

I've set up backups for my PC using Windows 7's built in scheduled backup feature that backs up to a NAS I purchased. All seems to be going well but I can't sleep well until I'm sure my backups will ...
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Can I open a Disk2vhd created VHD file with 7-zip?

I've created a VHD file of my C: drive, for backup purposes, using Disk2vhd 1.0. When I try opening the file using 7-Zip 4.65 (to view the contents) I get the error: "Can not open the file XXX as an ...
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Compact a VHD file created by Disk Management?

My computer is running on Windows 7 64-bit. I used Disk Management to create a new VHD file and made it into a new virtual drive. The size of the disk is 8GB. After using about 3GB, I decided to ...
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BSOD when upgrading VHD RAM

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 with native boot inside a VHD. It was running fine with 2 GB of RAM, and I tried to upgrade it to 6 GB. This caused a BSOD, and I haven't been able to fix in unless I ...
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Can't use VHD in a particular machine

(All the machines referred below have Windows 7 Professional.) I have a virtual machine targetted for Virtual PC. I'm able to use that disk in two different machines (32 bit and 64 bit, ...
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Install windows 8 via VHD from windows 7 bootcamp on Macbook

I know this is crazy, so hear it out. I am interested in installing windows 8 on my Macbook. I already have windows 7 installed via bootcamp from Mountain Lion. Has anyone successfully installed ...
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Is possible to share programs between Windows 8 on a VHD and Windows 7 on a physical disk?

I have a lot of programs installed on Windows 7 that I need on my Windows 8 (runs on a VHD). Do I need to duplicate all these installations or is there some tool that can update the Windows 8 system ...
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Create VHD from C drive (Windows 7) to boot from using Hyper-V

Is it possible to create a VHD from the C drive running Windows 7 and then boot from the VHD using Hyper-V? I have tried this using Dish2vhd by Sysinternals, but when I try to boot from the VHD in ...
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VirtualBox FATAL: INT18: BOOT FAILURE

I have just took a back up of my windows PC, in the backup folder I can see a VHD file, I thought to run this with VirtualBox, but I the boot failure message. I suspect there is not boot information ...
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How would I do a VHD install of Windows 8 from Windows 7

I'm currently waiting on my shiny new system to run Windows 8 on. I have an older system that has Windows 7 installed now on which I'd like to try Windows 8 on in the meanwhile. I intend to use the ...
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Virtual PC 64-bit ntoskrnl.exe

I had a 32-bit windows 7 box running Virtual PC, with a Windows 2003 guest. It performed flawlessly. I recently put in a 64-bit Windows 7 box. I installed 64-bit Virtual PC. I copied the VHD file ...
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Can disk space be in negative? VHD

I have setup many VHD boot on my Windows 7 machine. Each of the VHD is 60GB Expandable (current size ~20GB), When I boot into the VHD, the file on the disk expands and shows up the size of VHD to be ...
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Windows 8 VHD on Mac

I am trying to create a VHD of windows 8 on my macbook pro. I started by following this Hansellman aticle. However, I found the following FAQ on another Hansellman post: Can I do this on a Mac? ...
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Windows virtual machine: .vhd file unwanted

In order to run a certain "visual studio" compiler interface, I have to use a windows XP virtual machine; very well. When it comes time to perform a backup of the files on the computer, I am plagued ...
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Install Windows 7 onto bootcamp partition from VHD image

This question has been asked once before but afaik no definitive answer has been forthcoming. Basically I have a .vhd image that was created using windows7 tools from an existing bootcamp partition. I ...
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Shrink MS virtual pc VHD file in place

I need to shrink a VHD in place because almost all my system's free disk space is trapped in the unused part of the VHD. I can't use any of these methods because they all involve creating a new VHD ...
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Backup/Convert existing Windows Server 2003 install to VHD for use in Hyper-V

So I have a dev server running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise 32 Bit SP2 R2. Here are the system specs Motherboard Intel S5520HC CPU x2 Intel Xeon L5520 (Quad Core @ 2.27 GHz per core, 16 ...
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Can I sysprep a Windows 7 VHD without any virtualization technology?

I booted from a VHD on my laptop and hoped to sysprep this image, but it didn't let me do it. I got a fatal error during the process. I used the following command: sysprep /generalize /shutdown. My ...
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Can't attach VHD

I think I may be experiencing that horrible moment when the backup fails. Somewhere hiding on this VHD is an SQL database I need to extract. This is from a Windows backup, not a virtual machine. I'm ...
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Windows 7 Recovery Media to HDD without re-partition and Extraction

I want to Restore Windows 7 to HDD without re-partitioning the Hard-Drive. I have a HP Dv6 6115tx laptop. I have upgraded it to 8GB ram and Windows 7 Ultimate (anytime-upgrade). When I restore my ...
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“next” button disabled on Windows 7 installation

I am trying to install Windows in my virtual hard disk. I have created a VHD, attached it. But when I install Windows 7 on that disk it is giving me the following error: The "next" button is ...
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An initialization failure occurred while attempting to boot from a VHD

I am creating system image of my windows from Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Backup and Restore This is creating VHD. That's ok, but I noticed that the VHD created is of dynamic type. I want ...
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Is there a tool to convert VHD images to VDI images?

I saw the response for converting VDI images into VHD images, but I want to do the opposite conversion - is there a tool to do this?
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How do I install Windows on a virtual hard disk (VHD) from within a running Windows system?

If you just try to attach a VHD and then install Windows to a partition inside it, it will tell you that it's a "surfaced virtual disk" and that Windows cannot be installed to that partition. But ...
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Make backup image (.tib/.vhd) as my main operating system?

My old hard drive is dying so I want to move my Windows 7 operating system to another hard drive. They say cloning using Acronis would do the trick, but for some reason it refuses to work. I also ...
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Is it possible/How to boot an XP VHD in Windows 7

In windows 7 it is pretty simple to boot directly to a VHD, given that it also contains (or you are going to install) Windows 7 (or Vista/Server 2008). This installation is made possible I believe by ...
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Evidently I've lost my HAL… - Can't start up VM - HAL.dll missing

I recently went and dug out one of my old HDs (the PC it was mounted in is no longer in existence...) I mounted it in my PC and used DVD2VHD to convert the whole drive to a VHD. It's an old XP drive ...
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Make vhdresizer work on XP Mode VHD files

I'm trying to shrink a Windows 7 XP Mode VHD file with VhdResizer with little success. When I select my VHD file, it says "VhdExpand only supports fixed and dynamic VHD files". My XP Mode VHDs are ...
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Remove unallocated space on VHD

I just moved from XP to Windows 7. I wanted to virtualize my XP machine, so I copied the data to VHD and tried to boot from it. Well my drive was 149gb so I split them into 2 vhd files of their ...