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:


  • 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.

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