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Old 12-05-2011
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Hi

I'm trying to figure out how to create an installation that will let me use bootmanager to boot different VHD files WITHOUT having installed a parent OS.

So NO windows 7 installation or similar.. only a bootmanager that lets me select different VHD OS's...

Make sense? any suggestions are welcome!

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Re: boot from VHD without parent OS

To get started you will primary necessitate to make a Windows 7 WinPE USB Disk (this can be done by means of the Windows 7 AIK)
  1. Boot the machine from the USB Drive as of WinPE
  2. Format C: /q ? This is elective, but make certain you remove c:\bootmgr
  3. Copy Windows 7 VHD file to any place on the hard disk [In this case I copied it to C:\VHD\Win7.vhd]
  4. Copy Bootmgr from the USB disk? Very significant step, just the windows 7 Bootmgr will permit boot from VHD
  5. Type the below commands in the WinPE command window
    • C:\>DISKPART
    • DISKPART>SEL VDISK File=C:\VHD\Win7.vhd
    • DISKPART>ATTACH VDISK
    • DISKPART>LIST VOL
    • DISKPART>Exit
    • C:\>Bcdboot F:\Windows

Now the system is prepared, just Reboot the system and this will catch you directly into your VHD.
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Re: boot from VHD without parent OS

Hi Daniel

thanks.. I'll look into creating a winPE boot disk..

Tell me.. what if I add more vhd files? I need to be able to boot to several different OS'...
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