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Creating the VHD File on Windows 7
is very safe because you don’t need to alter your Windows 7 partition or install.
When you are finished, the Windows 8 drive will be virtualized into a single
file on your Windows 7 partition and will show up in the boot menu just as if
it was installed on raw disk.
Creating the VHD File on Windows 7
The first step to dual-booting Windows 8 and Windows 7 is to create the VHD file
to hold the Windows 8 installation. Open up Disk Management on Windows 7
to create the file:
1. Click the Start button in Windows 7, type in diskmgmt.msc , and hit Enter.
The Disk Management utility should load.
2. Click the Action menu and select Create VHD.
3. Enter a location, such as C:\VHD\Win8.vhd. Set the size—I suggest
40 GB—and select the Dynamically expanding format to save your disk
space. Dynamic VHD files start out small and only grow with data
written to the virtual disk. When your screen looks like Figure 2-10, click OK
and the file is created.
Figure 2-10: Create a VHD file in Windows 7.
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