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Install Windows 8 To VHD For Easy Dual Booting

Posted by Aman Singhal Articles | Windows 8 October 17, 2012
In this article we are going to explain how to install Windows 8 to VHD (virtual hard disk) for an easy dual-booting setup.
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Introduction

In this article we are going to explain how to install Windows 8 to VHD (virtual hard disk) for an easy dual-booting setup. It divides our hard drive into multiple partitions, typically required for dual-booting multiple operating systems. Windows 8 provides a very easy way to try your native hardware while retaining a Windows 7 safety-net that you can return to with just a reboot.

How to install Windows 8 to VHD

Step 1

First we have to move on Desktop of Windows 8.

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Step 2

Then we have to move on the Start screen window of Windows 8.

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Step 3

Select the shortcut key Win+c.

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Step 4

Search Run in the search engine.

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Step 5

Open "diskmgmt.msc" in the run window.

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Step 6

The Disk Management window in Windows 8 looks like:

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Step 7

Then click on Action and select Create VHD. 

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Step 8

Enter a location and name for your vhd.  I typically use c:\vhd\win8.vhd. 

Microsoft recommends a minimum of 20 GB for Windows 8 64-bit. I suggest setting the VHD disk size to at least 40 GB so you have room for apps.

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Step 9

When you have your settings selected, click OK. At that point hit Shift and F10 to bring up a command prompt.

Once the command prompt is open, run the following:

diskpart

select vdisk file=d:\vhd\win8.vhd

attach vdisk

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