Windows

Slideshow: Use VHD to dual boot Windows 7 and 8

After each command, you should see a success message

To prepare your VHD you'll use the command Diskpart utility. Follow these steps:

  • Type the command:

diskpart

  • Once the Diskpart environment is ready, you'll use the select command to instruct Diskpart to access your VHD file as follows:

select vdisk file=c:\VHDs\Windows8RP.vhd

  • After you have selected the VHD file, you'll use the attach command to essentially connect the VHD to your system as follows:

attach vdisk

This entire procedure is illustrated.

Credit: All images created by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

5 comments
iamark
iamark

I tried following your instructions and it went great with the Windows 8 release preview. So I thought I could do the same thing with the 90 day evaluation of the enterprise edition. But when I try to select vdisk in the diskpart environment, it says the path is not found. I'm running a 64-bit Windows 7 Pro on my HP Pavilion Laptop.

diemape
diemape

To remove the windows 8 installation I just delete the VHD or It's more complicated than that?

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...the 90 day evaluation of the enterprise edition in a VHD dual boot configuration and it worked fine. So, I'd say that you should review the article and try it again.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...the answer is yes, you just delete the VHD and then remove the boot menu. Stay tuned for this week's article in which I walk you step-by-step through the entire procedure.

iamark
iamark

The path I tried to use for the .vhd file was wrong. My C Drive is actually listed (list volume) as D drive. Thanks Greg.