Install Windows 8 To VHD For Easy Dual Booting


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.


Step 2

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


Step 3

Select the shortcut key Win+c.


Step 4

Search Run in the search engine.


Step 5

Open "diskmgmt.msc" in the run window.


Step 6

The Disk Management window in Windows 8 looks like:


Step 7

Then click on Action and select Create VHD. 


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.


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:


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

attach vdisk