Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Install W7 Pro to VHD

  1. #1


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64

    Install W7 Pro to VHD


    I can't seem to find a full step by step how to install W7 Pro on a VHD file made in W8.0.

    I followed Brink's tutorial how to make a VHD in Disk Management. It is formatted NTFS with disk type GPT. I have W7 Pro on a bootable USB. What now? If I just run setup without booting the USB it won't let me install to the VHD. If I boot the USB how do I get it to see the VHD and copy the files on?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Take a look at this post: Dual boot to VHD

    - Boot the computer using the Windows 10 7 installation media.
    - On the first screen, press SHIFT+F10 to bring up command prompt.
    - Run the following commands at the command prompt.

    diskpart
    select vdisk file=C:\W10.vhdx
    attach vdisk
    exit
    diskpart
    select vdisk file=C:\W7.vhd
    attach vdisk
    exit
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    For some reason I cannot get the W7 iso to boot from USB. I used the iso to create a VM that installed and is still running. So I have to assume the disk image is fine. If I try to boot via selecting USB on startup I get a flash where it says "checking media" then something flickers and it goes to W8 sign in screen. I tried other USB sticks that boot when Macrium creates a restore USB using WinPE. Also I created a utility boot with command line tools from W8 and that boots.

    I have secure boot disabled. So something is weird.
    I have tried both Rufus and ISOtoUSB. Same thing happens on startup.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    are you trying to boot an ISO or VHD??

    once you create the VHD you apply the windows install.wim to the VHD with imagex or dism
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    For some reason I cannot get the W7 iso to boot from USB. I used the iso to create a VM that installed and is still running
    You cannot boot an ISO file from the USB stick. You have to either extract the content of the ISO file to the USB stick or use: Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way to create a bootable USB stick.
    With VM is different, the software will read the ISO file then install Windows.

    EDIT: The easiest way is:
    1. Create a VHD with MBR style
    2. Right click on Disk Management->Attach the VHD Disk. Create simple Volume and format
    3. Mount the ISO file or extract it to a USB
    4. From Admin command. Using Imagex and type: imagex /apply x:\sources\install.wim 1 y:\
      x: is where you extract the ISO file to and y: is your VHD drive letter
      NOTE: Google and search for imagex then download it if it is not available.
    5. From Admin command, type: bcdboot y:\Windows
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    are you trying to boot an ISO or VHD??

    once you create the VHD you apply the windows install.wim to the VHD with imagex or dism
    I did that using imagex. Then the tutorial I used says "now reboot and complete the install" and of course it booted to an image of Loading W7 which hung.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    For some reason I cannot get the W7 iso to boot from USB. I used the iso to create a VM that installed and is still running
    You cannot boot an ISO file from the USB stick. You have to either extract the content of the ISO file to the USB stick or use: Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way to create a bootable USB stick.
    With VM is different, the software will read the ISO file then install Windows.
    In my post I noted I tried both Rufus and ISOtoUSB. I got the reactions noted.
    Brink's tutorial shows using Rufus, but Rufus has changed since then. It doesn't have the bullet for "simple Windows install." What it has is a bunch of options for GPT or MBR and it doesn't like it when I select FAT32 for format.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    For some reason I cannot get the W7 iso to boot from USB. I used the iso to create a VM that installed and is still running
    You cannot boot an ISO file from the USB stick. You have to either extract the content of the ISO file to the USB stick or use: Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way to create a bootable USB stick.
    With VM is different, the software will read the ISO file then install Windows.
    I just meant the ISO I used created a VM using WMWare Player and I installed W7 in the VM. I'm not using the VM to do anything. It just shows the iso image is good. I did md5 when I downloaded also.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    have you tried booting the window7.iso ?

    easyBCD will allow you to add the *.ISO to your current Host boot menu

    Also since it is a vhd you are trying to boot - the system will appear to hang as it mounts the VHD and then the installation will continue through the sysprep OOBE phases.. it will take a little time at first..
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Install W7 Pro to VHD
Related Threads
I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro. So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro. However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of...
Hi, i recently by mistake formatted c partition and WindowsRE partition too. I didn´t touch SAMSUNG_REC & SAMSUNG_REC2 where install.wim file is and i don't know how to reinstall from it. Could some one tell me an easy way to reinstall my windows 8 based inthis scenario as i am not a microsoft...
So I have a removable SSD so that I could install O/S to suit. I installed Windows 8.1 Pro on it and had 2 3GB data drives attached. Changed these to GPT volumes and windows didn't like it and I had to do a repair on it. Repaired okay. Tonight I decided I wanted to try out Server 2012 R2 to see if...
Fresh install, installed Tuneup 2014, AVG Internet Security 2014, Firefox, Creative SoundCard Drivers, Updated Windows to current, Motioninjoy, Winrar, Bitcomet, and Installed and updated GeForce GTX 780 drivers. Crash occurred during test of DS3 Tool. Checked reliability history. Information is as...
I have a Win7 laptop, but the install disk is not currently in my possession. I insert my new Win8 upgrade disk and run the installer, will it ask for my Win7 disk ? I have my win7 product key....
During a virtual install, there is a question to install upgrade which says will move everything to the (new) windows folder or to install clean. If I answer upgrade, will all my windows ‘stuff’ be MOVED from my Windows 7 Pro? When I close the virtual machine will there be nothing left for my...
Hi, I am trying to install the W8 CP using the tutorial provided on W7F. Instead of the install.wim file, install.esd is present. I attempted to use imagex on that file, but it did not work. Is there another way to install it fast?
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook