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Can I dual boot from an existing virtual machine using Easy BCD

  1. #21


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    When I say first you can't use a Virtual Machine on a bare metal I was right, now we are talking about the VHD only, I still believe it's not a good idea, it will be if you take the VHD for a PC to bring it to the exact same model of PC, Moving a VHD from a PC to another one is like moving a Hard Drive, The OS as to readjust all the drivers and other thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    In Windoes 7 you can boot from a VHD. But you need the Ultimate or Enterprise editions for that. Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot - Windows 7 Forums
    This is the equivalent to Install Windows in another partition, you install it on a VHD instead. Of course the VHD will be more portable ( in some extend)


    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    As I said in my earlier post, it is possible to boot from a VHD under Vista. See:

    Boot From VHD Replacing Vista or Windows 2008 Bootloader ...

    Although this is booting to a Windows 7 VHD, it should also work for Windows 8. Or you can partition and Dual boot conventionally.
    If you do so, the Windows 8 will have to reinstall the drivers of the Vista laptop hardware and you will need to reactrivate. Unless you have software you don't want to reinstall, it's better to make a fresh install. Aside we know that in many case we can move a Windows 7 HD to another PC, and Windows 7 will adjust, but in some case it does not work and this is Windows 8, someone know it react the same when you move the HD to another PC ?.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 62
    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    calico
    ok i have done the method you suggested before on win7 laptop and it worked so ill do it again

    just one last question, my computer has two partitions, local and hp recovery, i want to get rid of recovery and use its space as well as some from c drive. i will then back up onto an external hd
    .
    1. is there any difference in having the recovery in internal or external i.e. for if i need it
    .
    2. what are all the different types of back ups available i.e. system, user, etc
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  3. #23


    Posts : 62
    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    area 66
    i have decided against a vhd and also my computer is VISTA not win 7 so im not messin with bootloaders. ill partition instead
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  4. #24


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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by ovg View Post
    calico
    ok i have done the method you suggested before on win7 laptop and it worked so ill do it again

    just one last question, my computer has two partitions, local and hp recovery, i want to get rid of recovery and use its space as well as some from c drive. i will then back up onto an external hd
    .
    1. is there any difference in having the recovery in internal or external i.e. for if i need it
    .
    2. what are all the different types of back ups available i.e. system, user, etc
    If you move the recovery partition to an external drive, it will not work any more. But that is not a big problem.

    I assume you have burnt the recovery DVDs from the recovery partition - if not, do it now. That will give you the option to recover to the factory state.

    Then you make images of your C: partition which allows you to go back to the image state at any time. Here is a tutorial on how to do that. It works the same in Vista (although the tut is in the Win7 section) Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

    So with the recovery DVDs and the images, you would be well covered and can delete the recovery partition.
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  5. #25


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    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    oh ok i thought it was user data back ups,like on some other laptops, in that recovery drive but wasnt sure as it wouldnt alow me to entre it. so the recovery is like a repair disk?
    thanks so much everyone for the help, much appreciated Will do this asap
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  6. #26


    Posts : 62
    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    hey are any of you on vista fourms, my brother has a big problem with his laptop
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  7. #27


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,470
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by ovg View Post
    hey are any of you on vista fourms, my brother has a big problem with his laptop
    I sometimes visit our Vista forum. And Dave is there all the time helping everybody. Have your bro post his problem.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 62
    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    ok thanks a lot
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  9. #29


    Posts : 62
    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    i tried to burn the recovery on dvds using recovery manager and it keeps prompting me, the disk you inserted is not blank. insert a blank disk and close the drive.
    What do i do? the disks are brand new and the pack was sealed
    It also said earlier that i can only do this once? if i cancel will i be able to make these dvds another time?
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  10. #30


    Posts : 62
    VISTA+Win8 dual boot


    Sorry, tried non rewritables and it worked
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