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

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Boot from a VHD created by VirtualBox

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 ...
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Planning VHD-based laptop install

I am about to take delivery of a new laptop with a 750GB HDD. I will be using Win7 as the base OS (as a "real" installation, direct to the tin). The base install will probably have Visual Studio ...
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Can I boot Windows 7 from a VHD natively and within a virtualization host?

I'm a .net developer at work, but I'm doing more and more development in ruby on rails at home and I'm considering switching to Linux as my primary OS at home. However, I won't be able to totally give ...
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Is it possible to boot Windows 8 installed to VHD from Windows 7 boot manager?

does anybody have success with booting Windows 8 Dev Preview that is installed to VHD from Windows 7 boot manager? I have no success with that. However, I have success with booting yet another ...
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Cannot install Windows 8 on VHD

I've been following Scott Hanselman's great article on how to install Win8 to a VHD http://www.hanselman.com/blog/GuideToInstallingAndBootingWindows8DeveloperPreviewOffAVHDVirtualHardDisk.aspx When I ...
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Creating files in NTFS root folder

Introduction: I'm attempting (and in part succeding) in replacing a number of folders with mounted VHDs in Windows Server 2008 R2, in an attempt to emulate UNIX' bahaviour with bind- or loop-mounts. ...
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Can I boot Linux from a VHD?

Is there some way to boot a Linux system from a VHD in Windows 7? If there is a way, how do I put it there in the first place? EDIT: To clarify, I'm not trying to run Linux in a VM. I'm trying to ...
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Using Virtual Hard Disk on Windows7 - The chain of hard disks is broken

When I tried to attach a .vhd that size is bigger than 5gb, it says The chain of virtual hard disks is broken. The system cannot locate the parent virtual hard disk for the differencing disk. I found ...
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Converting .VHD imag to RAW format

I need to convert a VHD file (Hyper-V VM) to the Linux raw format. Is there a tool which can do this which is graphical?
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Disc2vhd and partitioning

I am using Disc2Vhd to make a vhd of my drive. Does the tool support partitions? My partitions of C:\ are listed as both drives and volumes. In short, is there any issue when I select both partitions ...
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windows 2008, Resize partition

Hello I try to split my hard drive to 3 partition by Windows tools, I have 385 GB free space on C drive but when I try to shrink it , only it allows 25 GB to be shrinked. windows report it is for ...
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Restore VHD image in a specific partition

I'm having a similar issue described in this post. I have a Windows 7 VHD image and want to restore it, but I cannot let Windows Restore format the whole HD and destroy other partitions. I don't want ...
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Microsoft 2010 Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine on VirtualBox?

Since I'm looking to improve my Sharepoint knowledge, I downloaded the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (SP1) from Microsoft ...
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Boot VHDs using only the Windows 7 Bootloader

Currently it is possible to boot into a VHD by configuring the boot manager of Windows 7 once it has been installed. Is it possible to use only the boot loader from the install disk to boot into a ...
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Copying Windows 7 host to VHD

I've installed Windows 7 Ultimate and it is set to take up the entire drive, I'm also planning on storing the VHD files on this drive. Is there a way I can convert the host Windows 7 to a VHD file ...
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How to make a Windows 7 Bootable VHD?

Is there an easy way to understand how to make a Windows 7 Bootable .VHD? The ones I've found are a little over me.
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Virtual PC lost parent disk for differential vhd

2 years ago I had that brilliant idea to create base Windows XP disk which all of my VM with XP will use. Of course it ended that I had only one VM with XP :-). Today I needed to make some free space ...
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Dual boot between Windows 7 in VHD and Ubuntu

Is it possible to dual boot between Ubuntu and Windows 7.vhd? If anyone knows please tell me how?
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Created a VHD using dsk2vhd, no boot

I've got a complete installation of Windows 7 Ultimate and used the tool dsk2vhd to create a vhd of the instance of Windows 7 within that same instance - it seems to create it no problems (no error ...
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I have a differencing VHD that's eating away 90+% of my HDD. How can I shrink it?

I have a differencing VHD that's eating away 90+% of my HDD. How can I shrink it? The host OS is W7-64, the virtual is XP32.
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VHD portability

I can't find confirmation on this but do VHDs work on disparate hardware (all hardware supporting Virtualization Technologies where possible).
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Boot to VHD backup plan

I have a machine that I just reinstalled Windows and all of my applications onto... what a chore that is. I want to totally and completely avoid this from now on by creating an image. My first ...
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How to Copy .VHD File to Physical Hard Disk Using DD Command

I have read other question/answers on this site that say this is possible, but I'm wondering how it is done. I have tried the following command, which completes successfully, but the NTFS isn't valid ...
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How does one test a Windows Complete PC Backup?

Is there any way to test or verify the state of a Windows Complete PC backup, short of actually restoring it to the same machine? (At the very least, I want to be able to verify that the file system ...
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Using VHDs to test software?

I'm testing some software that I've made and I'd like to test it on vista, xp, and win 7 in a few different configurations. Would using VHDs be a good choice for this? If so, do I have to build each ...
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Can Windows boot manager remember the last booted OS as default?

Recently, I setup my Win7 notebook vhd dual-boot. (Copied old Win7 32bit into a vhd disk, repartition and installed new 64bit Win7 into another vhd as new primary system.) How can I configure bcd to ...
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Boot to VHD from another workstation machine

I have a windows server 2008 R2 machine which has some VHD files. I have a laptop using win 7. Can I configure my laptop to boot to a virtual on the windows server 2008 R2 server? These machines ...
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Mouse not connected in Hyper-V

Took a VS 2005 VHD connected it to Hyper-V, uninstall Virtual Machine Additions and installed Hyper-V Integration Components. Now mouse point shows arrow rather than dot, but you cannot click anywhere ...
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vista ultimate boot from vhd [duplicate]

Windows 7: Boot from VHD First Impression: Part 3 (Booting VHD from Vista SP1 or later) Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to boot Vista from vhd using Windows 7 boot manager? Hi ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on a virtual disk when starting the setup by booting the installation disc?

I have been reading up on the native virtual hard disk support in Windows 7. The problem is installing Windows 7 on the virtual hard disk. Whenever I boot from the installation disc, follow the usual ...
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Can I install Windows 7 64-bit in a VM on a Windows 7 64-bit host?

I'm running a Windows 7 64-bit host, with Microsoft Virtual PC 64-bit installed. With this setup, can I install Windows 7 64-bit in a virtual machine (VHD file) as a client OS?
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Which versions of Windows 7 include Drive Manager?

In an answer to a question I asked about mounting Virtual PC images, Philippe suggested using “drive manager” in Windows 7 to mount a .VHD file. ...
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How do you use a VHD?

How do I use a Microsoft VHD file? How do I run it?
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Making the free Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk image work with VirtualBox's simulated network card

I have a Macbook Pro at work and installed the current VirtualBox (3.2.4) today. However, after using the free VHD image of IE 7 on XP SP3 from Microsoft, the Virtual Operating System (XP) just ...
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Virtual PC - How to convert .nrg file to .vhd

I have a live cd of linux. named Knoppix. I want to run it as a virtual OS on my windows. I have installed windows xp on my PC. And I am using "Microsoft Virtual PC" for using Virtual OS. What My ...
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Dual booting from Windows 7 hard disk and a Windows 7 VHD file

I have Windows 7 Enterprise edition installed on my laptop on the real physical hard disk. Now I want to create a vhd partition on the c:\ root directory and be able to dual boot into my real machine ...
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Take snapshot when doing Windows 7 boot to .vhd

Here is what I would like to be able to do: I would like to run from a .vhd. I would like to take snapshots of that .vhd. I would like to be able to revert back to any of the saved .vhd snapshots. ...
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Using a boot to vhd file as a virtual machine

I have two boot to vhd files, one for win2k8 and one for win7 ultimate. If I boot into the win2k8, can I start the win7 vhd as a virtual machine using the windows server 2008 hyper-v tools?
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Windows 7 Backup Image - Mount to Virtual PC?

I took a backup of my PC a while ago, and forgot what was on the backup. I noticed it created a VHD file, but I was wondering if that was safe to run in Virtual PC without corrupting the image to ...
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Moving a VM from MS Virtual Server R2 to VirtualBox

I have a Windows 2000 Professional VM happily running under MS Virtual Server R2 on WindowsXP. I need to move it to a different PC and the only one available is a Mac with VirtualBox on it. ...
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Hide non VHD partitions

I have two partition on my HDD: C and D. On D: I have a vhd image (with windows 7 ultimate) that I use to boot from. When I'm running the OS from VHD I can still access my physical parititons. Is it ...
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how to use vmware converter

how do I use vmware converter? I've tried to search google but I can't find any tutorial on how to use it. I just wish to convert my xp installation to a vmware file so that I could use it on vm ...
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Windows 7 Boot to VHD using a VHD clone of the system drive

This seems like a not too difficult problem, and, after several hurdles, I'm maddeningly close. But I can't quite get there. I'm running Windows 7 in development shop. I want to start using VS2010 to ...
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Installed Windows 7 boot to VHD, now need to install (dual boot) Fedora

I'm usually on StackOverflow, but had a question about dual booting. I have been happily using Windows 7 booting to VHD ever since the RC. Now I am taking a class where the instructor wants us to ...
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If you convert a HD to a VHD how do you activate Windows?

I used the HD2VHD (from Sys Internals) wit the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) enabled. However, when I try to run it, the Virtual PC guest doesn't have internet access. And when I called Microsoft ...
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Is it possible to boot Vista from vhd using Windows 7 boot manager?

I have a live Vista system which I want to upgrade to Windows 7. However, I don't want to break everything and ideally want to be able to rollback if Windows 7 would take longer time to configure (i ...
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windows 7 rtm vhd file

How can I install Windows 7 rtm vhd files in an existing windows xp machine?
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Can I copy from VHD to physical disk to replace my host OS? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copying a VHD to a physical disk I am planning to upgrade from a 32 bit os (Vista) to 64 bit (7). As there is no straight upgrade path, and I do not want to spend an ...
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System hangs with ESET NOD32 Antivirus and Windows 7 from VHD

I've installed the latest version of ESET NOD32 Antivirus Home Edition 4.0.468 onto a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate (x86). Windows boots from a VHD file (I suspect this is the problem). After ...
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If I have a .vhd file, can it be used by Virtual PC 2007, VirtualBox, and Windows 7's Virtual PC?

If I have a .vhd file, can it be used by Virtual PC 2007, VirtualBox (open source), and Windows 7's Virtual PC (the newest Virtual PC)? Can you even run Virtual PC 2007 on a .vhd file, and then shut ...