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Install W7 Pro to VHD

  1. #11


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    Please read my post #6 above. I edited and added some more info to it. In addition, you can also use Winrar/Winzip to extract the content of the ISO file to a USB stick

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Please read my post #6 above. I edited and added some more info to it. In addition, you can also use Winrar/Winzip to extract the content of the ISO file to a USB stick
    There must be a problem with my Laptop. I got the same thing as the original tutorial. When I rebooted I had a menu with Windows 7 and Windows 8. I select Windows 7. I get Starting Windows. The logo changes for a few seconds. Then it hangs.

    For some reason it doesn't want to boot from USB either. I'm liking this W8 more and more all the time.
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  3. #13


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    when you say the logo changes - from what logo to what logo

    from OEM logo to a Windows logo
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    when you say the logo changes - from what logo to what logo

    from OEM logo to a Windows logo
    No. After the Win 7 Logo animation, it changes in intensity for a few seconds. That it just stays like that. I waited 10 minutes. Something should happen by then.
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  5. #15


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    I just tried it again using Disk Management creating a vhd explicitly as MBR type. Same deal. Just hangs. The other peculiarity is that System Restore shows my max is set to zero and all Restore Points are erased. Pretty weird.

    I reset it to 10% and after playing around with trying to boot vhds it's back to zero with restore points gone. I've never run into this one before.
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  6. #16


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    I tried it one last time with the vhd file on a different partition. Same deal. Boot hung. When I reboot to W8 system restore allocation set to 0 and restore points erased. I think I give up.
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  7. #17


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    I've been messing with win7 ultimate VHD on an external HDD - win 8 vhds boot not problem - win 7 vhd BOSD
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  8. #18


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    It is a weird thing. I've done VMs with virtual box and wmware player. But I've never tried this direct boot thing before. Plus something is going on with my System Restore. Even when the Laptop was new, like first day, I needed to do a restore and it hung for about 20 minutes before it finally kicked in. Now when I run a restore point it comes back with an error saying the restore was not done and the restore point got deleted. But the restore points were there. Also I cannot launch ComSysApp service. I don't know if all these things are related. I'm starting to wonder if I got an "open box" Laptop without knowing it.
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  9. #19


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    The System Volume Information folder under C:\ where it stores all the restore points might be corrupted. Try to delete this folder and reboot, Windows will create a new folder and if you are unable to delete it then download: Slacko Puppy Linux release and put it in a USB stick to boot from it then delete the folder.
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    The System Volume Information folder under C:\ where it stores all the restore points might be corrupted. Try to delete this folder and reboot, Windows will create a new folder and if you are unable to delete it then download: Slacko Puppy Linux release and put it in a USB stick to boot from it then delete the folder.
    Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try once I'm done formatting this USB stick. I'm doing the slow format just to be sure.
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