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Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

  1. #90


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mjocasio,

    That's a general unknown error message. My guess is that it's because you are running the OS from a USB instead of a hard drive. I don't think this will work from a USB.

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  2. #91


    Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1

    Increase VHD size


    Hi Brink,

    All working perfectly with one exception. (Great tutorial)
    I set the VHD at 30G and I'm getting the warnings that its'almost full.
    Any way to increase the size?
    In my case "C:"
    This is my work PC and am using it to show my clients what their W-8 will look like.

    Thanks, Pete
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  3. #92


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Pete,

    I haven't tried this below that's supposed to resize a VHD file yet, so I would recommend to create a copy of the VHD file as a backup to be safe. It may be worth a try.

    Resize-VHD
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  4. #93


    Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1


    Tried it, was beyond my expertise.
    Since this is my work laptop, I can mess with it.
    Restored my Windows 7 then again created my VHD Windows 8, this time with 50 GB's.

    Now I tried to upgrade to 8.1 and failed, MS says you can't upgrade 8 to 8.1 on a VHD.

    Upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 [Native VHD Boot]

    Any thoughts?
    Should I start a new thread?
    Pete
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  5. #94


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Pete,

    You might see if you could use the VHD to boot from a virtual machine instead, then see if you may be able to update it.

    Otherwise, you may need to start from scratch with Windows 8 on a partition or another drive to update.
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  6. #95


    Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1


    This is that Lenovo that only allows 4 partitions, which is why we're doing the VHD to start with. wonder if I can get an iso of the upgrade and install it clean.
    I could then load the Windows 7 on the vhd.
    Would that work?
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  7. #96


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    Does it allow to have a second 2.5" hard drive installed?
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  8. #97


    Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1

    2nd HDD


    If you're referring to something like this:
    Add a 2nd HDD using the CD/DVD Optical Drive Bay : NewmodeUS, Hard Drive Caddys for Notebooks
    I never would have given it a thought.

    Would this work?
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  9. #98


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    I was thinking more in the lines of did it have a 2nd hard drive bay to add another one instead.

    What brand and model number is it? I'll be happy to see if I may be able to find out.
    Last edited by Brink; 19 Oct 2013 at 13:45. Reason: typo
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  10. #99


    Posts : 72
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1


    Hey Shawn,
    Sorry if I didn't say so earlier,
    It's a Lenovo Z570 Laptop.
    Right now, I'm looking to load my original 8.0, stand alone.
    Then upgrade to 8.1

    THEN, install the original Windows 7 that came with the machine, I have the installation discs, on a VHD created just like your instructions for Windows 8 vhd. Think it will work?
    Pete
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