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    Using this tutorial Dual Boot Windows 8 from VHD using Windows Setup | Concurrency Blog and everything went well until it was time to boot up. When booting up I get the Windows Developers loading screen then that is followed by the infamous BSOD that I have not seen since I had XP almost five years ago. The BSOD of death states vhd_boot_initialization_failed. I have no idea what to do. Also if it helps I'm on a HP Tm2, 6 gigs of ram, I5 processor running Windows Home Premium 64bit. Any help is appreciated.

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    Welcome to Eight Forums.

    Try this Eight Forums tutorial: Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

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    Thanks for the suggestion I've already tried that but to no avail
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingissa View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion I've already tried that but to no avail
    Did you follow the steps in this tutorial exactly? Did you create a fixed or variable VHD?

    In my first attempt to do this, I created the VHD from within Win 7 Control Panel/Administrative Apps/Computer Manager and the resulting VHD was not usable by the Win8 Install process. When I used the command line diskpart process described in the tutorial, the install worked just fine.
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    Interesting! I see the same error, also using an HP TM2T, but with the older U7300 dual core CPU.

    I am able to install and run Win8 in a VirtualBox session, but the touch stuff doesn't work correctly because I cannot select a screen res that matches the tm2t screen. I wonder if maybe it is simply a video incompatibility? I think I did a clean install on a replacement hard disk at one point, and it sorta worked for a little while, but then started displaying just a nasty screenful of trash that I could not get past.

    If you come up with a solution, please share! Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingissa View Post
    Using this tutorial Dual Boot Windows 8 from VHD using Windows Setup | Concurrency Blog and everything went well until it was time to boot up. When booting up I get the Windows Developers loading screen then that is followed by the infamous BSOD that I have not seen since I had XP almost five years ago. The BSOD of death states vhd_boot_initialization_failed. I have no idea what to do. Also if it helps I'm on a HP Tm2, 6 gigs of ram, I5 processor running Windows Home Premium 64bit. Any help is appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bummpr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kingissa View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion I've already tried that but to no avail
    Did you follow the steps in this tutorial exactly? Did you create a fixed or variable VHD?In my first attempt to do this, I created the VHD from within Win 7 Control Panel/Administrative Apps/Computer Manager and the resulting VHD was not usable by the Win8 Install process. When I used the command line diskpart process described in the tutorial, the install worked just fine.
    thanks but that did not work still the same thing. Also the funny thing is when searching this issue on google it does not come up so I'm kinda stuck with this problem for now
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    Tried again on my TM2T, installing directly to a replacement hard drive instead of using the VHD. Installation went fine and system works well, so it isn't a compatibility issue with the TM2T hardware. Of course that doesn't address the need to boot Win8 from a VHD, but at least we can probably assume that it is not a hardware problem and it should work using the VHD method.
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    Last edited by Brink; 15 Apr 2012 at 11:48.
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    Actually, that is the method that I used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPJames View Post
    Yeah I've tried that but it hasn't worked
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