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

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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 do I get Windows 8 to mount a VHD at startup?

I have a VHD with a database on it, which I have attached to the database server, which wreaks havoc on the database server after a reboot and the VHD is no-longer mounted. My searching for this has ...
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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, respectively)....
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Mount VHD at Boot in Windows Server 2008 R2

I need a way to attach a VHD at boot in Windows Server 2008 R2. I tried to accomplish this task by creating a diskpart script that attached the vdisk at boot, which would work if it were not for the ...
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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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Getting Windows 8 System Image Recovery to recognize my backup

I have a bad feeling about Windows 8 backup already. I sure hope I'm just being plain dumb and somebody can enlighten me. Short story: Windows 8 System Image Recovery does not find my system image. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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'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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How do I convert an .img file to vhd?

I have an image file (linux based image) and want to convert it to VHD so that it can be used to create hyper-V VMs. I used "qemu-img convert" to convert raw to vpc format, but vpc doesnt work for ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Cannot boot after vhd hard drive is resized in VirtualBox

In Windows 7, I set up another Windows 7 VM in VirtualBox. It worked great. Then, I needed to increase the vhd HD size. So, I used VBoxManage utility to do that with the following comment: VBoxManage ...
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How to create VHD disk image from a Linux live system?

Once more, I have to resort at the experts here at SuperUser, as my other sources (mainly Google ;-)) didn't prove very helpful... So basically, I would like to create a VHD image of a physical disk ...
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Convert Windows.old into a virtual pc

I have rebuilt my Windows 7 ultimate operating system. I performed the rebuild over the top of its self so it automatically moved my old operating system to a Windows.old directory. I would like 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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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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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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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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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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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 https://www.microsoft.com/download/en/...
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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 drives....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...