Hi Guys & Gals.
This past week I have had a goal of creating a bootable Virtual Hard Drive of Windows 7 Ultimate & installing it using an administrative command prompt.
Amazingly after about 6-7 failures & 2 successes I finally got it to automatically create a virtual partition that shows up in the restart boot menu and doesn’t appear to suffer any performance loss that I can detect.
Installing Windows 7 this way means that one doesn’t run the OS in a host OS (the .vhd file does sit in another OS though), so one has to restart the PC to change OS’s if one chooses. It is nice not having to create a partition to install the OS in before installing it, among other things.
My last install of the bootable VHD of Windows 7 Ultimate x86, after exiting the command prompt & restarting the PC only took 10 MINUTES to hit the desktop, it “will boot directly to the Out Of Box Experience” which does save install time.
In case a PROnetworks member wants to try this they will need a file I received from Microsoft during beta testing, I don’t know where one can find it otherwise: bootvhdbcd.cmd
NTS this is what my testing looked like in screen shots.
My first successful install, but the partition was to large @ 40 GB
WIM2VHD entry in command prompt, note I added the "size:15000" (MB) to the command
Install of VHD OS entry in command prompt
Boot Menu w/ OS choices
First Desktop in bootable VHD OS installation
Computer w/ a 15 GB partition for the VHD OS
Here is the literature (& download) I used to get this working.Step-By-Step: Turning a Windows 7 DVD or ISO into a Bootable VHD Virtual MachineWindows(R) Image to Virtual Hard Disk (WIM2VHD) Converter