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Slideshow: Use VHD to dual boot Windows 7 and 8

For my example VHD I choose a 50GB Fixed disk

When you see the Create and Attach Virtual Hard Disk dialog box, click the Browse button and use the Browse dialog box to create a folder and specify a name for your VHD file.

As you can see in, I have created a folder called VHDs in the root directory and named the VHD file Windows8RP.vhd. You will then specify a disk size and disk format. I have specified the size as 50GB and set it up as a Fixed size. You can use whatever size you want and choose Dynamically expanding format if you wish, just be sure that you have enough room on the hard disk to accommodate your VHD. (If you look back at the previous image, you can see that on my test system I have 350GB of free space and specifying a 50GB Fixed size VHD was an easy choice.)

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