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Running Windows 8 from a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk drive)

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Running Windows 8 from a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk drive)


    Hi there


    Since we are booting directly into a VHD this topic isn't really about Virtualisation per se -- so whether this post should be moved to Virtualisation --leave that for the Mods.

    Seems to me that running W8 from a VHD directly (I.E no HOST OS installed) would be really efficient and a better way of "Virtualisation" than traditional methods using Vmware / VBOX.

    You could say boot from a USB drive on to ANY computer.

    The overhead would be minimal since no HOST OS and you use THE REAL HARDWARE.

    I think you need W8 Pro or above to boot directly into a VHD.

    How To Guide to Installing and Booting Windows 8 Consumer Preview off a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) - Scott Hanselman

    Note that this refers to W8 Consumer edition -- it's exactly the same for "Real Windows 8".

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jimbo,

    Here are our up to date for Windows 8 tutorials for that instead. If you like, we also have a tutorial index with all Windows 8 tutorials listed in it to help make finding them easier.

    VHD or VHDX File - Create and Attach in Windows 8

    and

    Boot from a VHD using Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Nov 2012 at 05:52.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    THX

    Great tutorials.
    jimbo
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    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime mate.
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