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Installing Windows 8 to a VHD
Installing Windows 8 to a VHD
Proceed to install Windows 8 using the clean install process covered earlier,
but stop at the screen that asks “Where do you want to install Windows?” as
shown in Figure 2-9. You need to attach the VHD file to the installer so that it
recognizes it as a valid location to install Windows 8.
1. Hit Shift + F10 on your keyboard to bring up a Command Prompt window.
2. Type diskpart and hit Enter.
3. Now it is time to select the VHD file you created earlier. You need to
know the full path to the VHD file. Keep in mind that a properly installed
Windows 7 machine has two primary partitions: one hidden partition
for the boot and recovery tools and a separate partition for the operating
system. When Windows is running, it hides the hidden boot partition
and gives the second OS partition the C drive letter. When the installer
is running, the boot partition is not hidden, and therefore is given the C
drive letter and the second OS partition is given the D drive letter. If the
VHD file was created in C:\VHD\Win8.vhd while Windows 7 was
running, you need to use D:\VHD\Win8.vhd as the full path to the VHD
file while the installer is running. Run the following command with the
adjusted path to the VHD file and then hit Enter:
select vdisk file=d:\vhd\win8.vhd
4. Type attach vdisk and hit Enter.
5. Close the Command Prompt window and click the Refresh button on the
Where Do You Want To Install Windows? screen.
6. Select the new 40 GB VHD drive now listed as Drive 1 and click Next
as shown in Figure 2-11. Ignore any warnings saying Windows can’t be
installed on that drive. They are incorrect, as the installer is not aware of
this advanced method of installing Windows 8.
7. Now just continue to install Windows 8 as usual. The next time your PC
reboots, you see a new boot menu that enables you to select between
Windows 7 and Window 8, as shown in Figure 2-12.
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