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Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

  1. #50


    Hello,

    I followed all your instructions and installed win8 retail version x64 into VHD. Thanks for putting up the tutorial. during the installation process the computer restarted and then it gave me the error message VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED. I tried looking around for answer but could find none. some were suggesting that you need to change BIOS but they were not clear on what to change or where. I would really appreciate if you could help me. so basically, i have installed win8 but didnt complete the installaion because i got VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error in the first restart.

    P.s. i choose dynamic virtual disk. i am currently running win7 home premium. my laptop is hp pavilion dm4.

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  2. #51


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    Hello Flyingwild, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Double check to make sure that you have virtualization enabled in your BIOS. If that doesn't help, then check to see if there may be a newer BIOS (motherboard firmware) version available that addresses this issue listed in it's release notes.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #52


    I check the bios and it was turned off. i turned it on but still got the same error message. i am not sure about the firmware update but i allow those things to update automatically, if that option is available.

    importantly, i was impatience so i installed win8 on vmware workstation and it works great now. would have loved if i could have used VHD but vmware is not bad either. thanks for prompt reply. thought i would update you about the situation.

    flyingwild
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  4. #53


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    I'm happy to hear that you got it up and running in vmware. Thank you for posting back with your results.

    The BIOS cannot be updated automatically. It must be done manually if it's needed.
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  5. #54


    Shawn,

    Something you may want to add, in case folks want to recover the old boot configuration to remove Windows 8 from tthe boot screen:

    Before starting the Windows 8 install, from your Windows 7 or Vista system open an elevated command prompt.

    Type in this command: bcdedit /export MyBCDBackup.bak

    Add this at the end:

    To remove the Windows 8 VHD boot option, boot into Windows 7 or Vista. Open an elevated command prompt and type this command:

    bcdedit /import MyBCDBackup.bak

    That command will restore the old pre-Windows 8 boot configuration.
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  6. #55


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Terry,

    Thank you for the additional method for a backup. I don't think it will really be needed for just adding/removing a VHD to boot from, but I added it as a backup to be safe option.
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  7. #56


    Does this work if I am on Windows Vista Home Premium and want to install Windows 8 Pro using this? And what are the disadvantages? Will the system be slower or any of that sort? Thanks and I apologize for this noob question
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  8. #57


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello crazbanditz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See my signature about asking questions.

    Yes, you will be able to create a Windows 8 VHD on Vista to dual boot with. The red warning box at the top of the tutorial can give you more details about this if you like.

    Since booting from the VHD like this is also a native boot, it's pretty much going to run with the same performance as if it was installed normally.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #58


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello crazbanditz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See my signature about asking questions.

    Yes, you will be able to create a Windows 8 VHD on Vista to dual boot with. The red warning box at the top of the tutorial can give you more details about this if you like.

    Since booting from the VHD like this is also a native boot, it's pretty much going to run with the same performance as if it was installed normally.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks for the quick reply. And I am very sorry I meant Windows 7 Home Premium. So this should work just find and nothing should happen to my computer aye? Cos yesterday I uninstalled and then used EASYBCD and it stuck at boot screen say windows recovery disk. Then I used my windows 8 disc and went to cmd to and typed in without ("") " bcdboot.exe C:\Windows ". I am afraid this would happen again so yeah... Thanks in advanced
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  10. #59


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It will not work with a Windows 7 Home Premium VHD if that's what you meant. If you are still using a Windows 8 VHD, then it will work.

    Yep, as long as you follow the tutorial step by step, and no mistakes made of course, it should go fine.
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