Windows – Dual booting from Windows 7 hard disk and a Windows 7 VHD file

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I have Windows 7 Enterprise edition installed on my laptop on the real physical hard disk. Now I want to create a vhd partition on the c:\ root directory and be able to dual boot into my real machine or a vhd that also runs Windows 7.
Is this possible at all and if, yes how. If I try to do it, the installation on the VHD says that it is going to rename some operating system files that it found on the C:\ drive.

Best Answer

  • Scott Hanselman has a great write-up on this:

    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/LessVirtualMoreMachineWindows7AndTheMagicOfBootToVHD.aspx

    I think the only risky operation is that you will be mucking with boot loader, but it seems to be pretty close to a "just works" operation.

    Haven't tried it myself yet (don't have the space).

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