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 instructions to attach a vdisk and select the vdisk as the destination for the install, the setup responds with an error (I've had different errors, I'll post one the next time I reboot to try again).

There are a lot of instructions to be found on the web, for example this blogpost on MSDN:

Select the new unallocated partition and click Next. You may see a warning that reads, “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. (Show details)” but can often safely ignore this.

It's clear to me that ignoring this is not an option on my machine, but I have no idea why.

In another article on TechNet I read:

To put a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system image in the VHD file, you have to apply an image to the partition in the VHD file. Running Setup from the install DVD and selecting a partition in a VHD file for installation is not supported.

So is it possible, unpossible (as Homer Simpson would say) or just unlikely (and thus, "not supported" as in the TechNet article)?


  • find/download wim2vhd then google native boot from vhd to use the resultant file! – user33788 Nov 24 '10 at 22:49
  • I have looked at it, but you need the WAIK and if you have that you already have all you need to apply an image to a vhd. Anyway, thanks for the tip, though it doesn't answer my question. – Michiel van Oosterhout Nov 25 '10 at 19:55

I would recommend burning your Windows 7 install disk to a ISO Image . Then, mount the .iso image as a CDRom for your VMWare system. I'm not saying that is the answer but I bet you learn a lot from it.

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