How to Enable Microsoft® Windows® 7 Virtual Hard Disk Booting?
What are the roles, benefits and tips to install Windows to a Virtual Hard disk?
Windows 7 encompasses all similar type of documents into libraries even if the files are saved in separate folder which in turn will help you to find then quickly. Through these libraries you can share the documents, devices and printers across many computers it would be very helpful to run a small business without a server. Windows 7 also allow you to set automatic backup which would help you to save the data on the local drive. The Encrypting File System provided by Windows 7 would protect all your secret data. However there may be times when you are not able to do a normal boot. In such a situation it is always suitable to boot through a hard disk.
The following are some role, benefits and tips to install Windows 7 to a virtual hard disk:
- Virtual Hard Disk
- Role and Benefits
- Tip to install Windows 7
Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)
In Windows 7 the Virtual hard disk can be used for running Operating System on selected hardware without the need of any parent Operating System. With the help of disk management tools in Windows 7 you can create and attach a VHD for offline management. While booting the VHD the disk partition that contain the VHD files must have a enough free space so as to expand the VHD to its maximum size for the page file created. Then the local disk must have at least two partitions which contain the Windows 7 boot environment files, Boot Configuration Data store and a partition to store the VHD file.
Role and Benefits
The VHD in Windows 7 simplifies the image management and reduces the number of images which you must catalog and maintain. In Windows 7 VHD boot will allow you to create and modify the VHD files without installing the Hyper V server. With the help of VHD you could deploy Windows 7 for multiple boot scenarios. For faster deployment you could use Windows 7 images in a VHD container file.
In order to install Windows 7 to Virtual Hard disk you will have to follow certain steps. First you will have to make your physical disk at least of 6GB free space and then restart your system from the installation DVD of Windows 7. Then before the installation you would have to choose Repair option. The setup program offers to repair the system. After that select the version of Windows and among the options select the Command prompt. By doing so as virtual hard disk is created and then install Windows 7 and boot from virtual hard disk.
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