Windows 8 7989 boot from VHD problem

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Stathis, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Stathis

    Stathis MDL Novice

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    Hi, I'm trying to make a windows 8 VHD to boot but I have problems.

    I followed this tutorial: windows8geek. com/2011/04/install-windows-8-in-a-virtual-machine-bootable-vhd/

    ImageX extracted the files OK but when I make an entry with easyBCD it doesn't work. If I reboot the menu doesn't appear and the system boots to windows 7.

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  2. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    #2 Dre009, Jul 14, 2011
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    What edition of Windows 7 are you using?

    From what i gather, you can only boot a VHD using windows 7 ultimate or enterprise
     
  3. ODY123

    ODY123 MDL Expert

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    #3 ODY123, Jul 14, 2011
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    I had followed the instructions exactly, tried to install 7989 to VHD via the ImageX, it came up with some errors(I don't remember exactly the error message). And I did not see any advantage using VHD instead of hard drive partition (was still using the same hard drive space), so I just installed 7989 to my hard drive partition, and forget about the whole VHD thing...

    For your info: I have win7 sp1 ultimate and 7989 dual boot
     
  4. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    Although VHD has limitations such as No Bit locker on the drive, and no hibernation, it doesn't has impact on the structure of the physical disk meaning Its just a single one file and its beats virtualization solutions such as VMware and Virtual Box because u get the actually performance of the hardware. It also makes it easier/faster to swap from one OS to another, you don't have to go through the whole windows set up process
     
  5. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    Nope, I used 7-zip to extract the install.wim intto the VHD drive, per the instructions I used.
     
  6. ODY123

    ODY123 MDL Expert

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    Thanks, I may try that again in the future.
     
  7. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    You can also boot from the windows dvd, open cmd (shift + F3 if I think), mount the vhd and then proceed with the usual install wizard. You'll be able to choose the vhd to install to when you succesfully mounted it.
    It's automatically added to the bootmenu also.
    1 thing though: make sure you create a fixed size vhd, cause a dynamically expanding one causes win8 to crash with a nice bsod (at least that's what 7850 did, unsure about newer builds)
     
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  8. Stathis

    Stathis MDL Novice

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    When I reboot the entry in easyBCD changes from D:\ to unknown. How can I fix this?

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  9. Shenj

    Shenj MDL Expert

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    Remove all spaces in the path and filename of the vhd
     
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  10. Pegatron

    Pegatron MDL Member

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    Has anyone used Windows 8 to boot from a Windows 7 vhd?
     
  11. Dre009

    Dre009 MDL Addicted

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    I'm using windows 8 from a VHD that i created.
     
  12. Pegatron

    Pegatron MDL Member

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    I mean does anyone Install Windows 8 to their hard drive and then use it to run Windows 7 vhds?
     
  13. Primedeath

    Primedeath MDL Novice

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    You could... but I do not see why... Windows 7 is released. There will be many more versions of Windows 8.
     
  14. Pegatron

    Pegatron MDL Member

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    Because I will always install Windows 8 leaks on my main hard drive, but it would be interesting to try out vhds and the new vhdx images.