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

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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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System Center 2012 - Can't Install Virtual Machine Manager

Here is my setup: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Enterprise (updated to SP2) 32GB RAM x2 Quad Core Xeon 5500 Series Processors (16 cores total) x3 120GB Intel SSDs Computer is joined to a ...
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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 ...
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Automatically attach VHD

Is it possible to attach vhd files automatically at Windows 7 startup? I'm imagine it will be like batch script or powershell script. I've tried this solution before,but still wont work. Any guess ...
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Boot from VHD with windows7 - bcdedit trouble

I'm running Windows7 Enterprise, x64 version. I've created a windows7 vhd file with help of the following blog post hanselman blog After that, I've added it to my boot menu with help of another blog ...
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Windows 8 freezing on a VHD on a MacBookPro

I've installed Windows 8 on a 2010 MacBook Pro using the Hanselman's method (VHD on native boot). Everything goes fine until it suddenly freezes and I must reboot. I have no log to see and no error to ...
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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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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 ...