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You can also attach to VHDs using the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Disk Management or Diskpart utilities. Do not attach to VHDs on the same system on which you created them if you plan on booting from them. If you do so, Windows will assign the VHD a new disk signature to avoid a collision with the signature of the VHD’s source disk. Convert-WindowsImage.ps1 is a very popular method to create VHD’s with. However it’s not a module, and in it’s current form cant be added to one. So I have started a new project on GitHub called WindowsImageTools and posted the results to the PowerShell Gallery. It has a few functions so far. Jan 26, 2016 I also started looking into a GimageX instance where you could setup a new VHD in Hyper-V, mount the.wim file, copy the files to the VHD then mount the VHD. That's not the cleanest method. We don't have VMware Workstation (trying to find a free solution right now) so I'm trying to do this in VirtualBox.

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I'm loving the Windows 7 'Boot to VHD' lifestyle. This isn't Virtual Machines, to be clear, and it's not Dual Booting. It's Boot to VHD.

Let me break it down:

Dual BootingYour OS's always run at full speed.You can screw up your partition table. You have to partition which means disks of fixed size. Or you can have them all share the same disk, which is dangerous.
OS's aren't portable.
Virtual MachinesYour OS's are completely separate from each other and can't hurt one other. Your OS's are very portable. You get Undo support for your disks.Everything is virtualized, so you're taking a perf hit on pretty much everything. Often not a good solution for laptops.
Boot to VHDYour OS runs on the hardware directly, except your disk, which is virtualized and runs inside a single file. Estimated 3%-5% perf hit. Seriously. Also is awesome on a laptop if you have the HD space.None! But I'm biased! Neener neener!
Only works on internal drives or ESATA. No USB Drive support. No undo disk support.

Making a VHD is easy with Windows 7 since you can create and mount/attach VHDs in the standard tools. VHD as a disk format is built into the Operating System (although, strangely, you can't mount ISOs.).

You can create a blank VHD, set it up in your boot menu with BCDEdit (details and walkthrough here and a video demo here) and then just boot off your VHD. If you want to install your OS (Windows Server 2008 and Win 7 Enterprise or Ultimate are the only ones supported) then you just install away.

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However, this is STILL not convenient enough for me.

I'm always trying crazy new Daily Builds of big stuff that takes a while to be installed. The step where I install an OS onto my VHD takes too long, so I'd like a prepared VHD that's already to be started for the first time, kind of like when you buy a machine from Dell or whoever and you get that nice 'starting your computer, detecting drivers' action on first boot.

Is christmas a celebration of the winter solstice. Well, there's a script over at the MSDN Code Gallery to help with this. It's the Windows Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter (WIM2VHD).

From their description:

The Windows(R) Image to Virtual Hard Disk (WIM2VHD) command-line tool allows you to create sysprepped VHD images from any Windows 7 installation source. VHDs created by WIM2VHD will boot directly to the Out Of Box Experience, ready for your first-use customizations. You can also automate the OOBE by supplying your own unattend.xml file, making the possibilities limitless.
Fresh squeezed, organically grown, free-range VHDs - just like Mom used to make - that work with Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows 7's new Native VHD-Boot functionality!

I like this guy already.

How to SysPrep your Windows 7 Image

I copied my Windows 7 DVD to a folder on a drive with lots of space free. I probably didn't need to copy it over, but it likely made the process faster.

Then I downloaded and installed the Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7. This file is a large ISO (1.5G) so be aware. It's meant for admins, not humans. I didn't want to burn the ISO to disk, so I used 7-Zip to open the ISO as an archive and extract it. (If you're not using 7-Zip, you're missing out on life, BTW)

Now, go into C:Program FilesWindows AIKTools and find ImageX.exe and copy it where you put the Windows Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter (WIM2VHD) script.

Go read the Example Command Lines for Win2VHD, but since I had a Windows 7 Ultimate I ran this command-line. Note that d:win7working is where I copied my DVD.

cscript wim2vhd.wsf /wim:d:win7workingsourcesinstall.wim /sku:ultimate

In this example, d:win7working is the folder I copied the DVD to. Could be your DVD drive too, I suppose.

It chewed for a while, maybe seven minutes. You'll also here the 'Device Plugged In' sound as the script automatically connects a VHD as a drive temporarily so don't panic:

Magical. Now I've got a 5 gig VHD file that I can setup to boot from directly as described here. The first time I start up, it'll be 95% into the setup process and just ready to detect my hardware. It's a nice 'OEM-like' VHD that I can use again and again.

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Since I'm only using these VHDs temporarily (for a week or two for testing) I won't use an activation key and instead leave that field blank during setup. That'll buy me 30 days of testing if I need to, and I can easily start over by just starting over with my new fresh VHD.

Enjoy! Now go tell Mike and his team that they're awesome. Go ahead. I'll wait here.

Related Links

  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 - For this, all I needed was the imagex.exe, but the Kit includes LOTS of stuff that IT folks and OEMs care about.

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Convert VHD Free is a simple tool which makes it easier to convert drives into Microsoft's VHD virtual drive format.

The program has two main functions.

It can convert VMware VMDK virtual files into the VHD equivalent. Just choose your source VMDK file, enter a VHD destination, click Convert and leave the program to do its work.

And you can also convert a physical drive into a VHD format, which can be useful if you'd like to run your installed applications within a virtual machine. Again, just choose the source drive, a destination, click Convert, and the program will run a sector-by-sector copy for you.


Convert VHD Free would be more useful with VirtualBox support, or if it could also convert from VHD to VMDK. It's free, though, and if you only need conversions to VHD then the program makes that very straightforward.