Install Windows 8 To VHD For Easy Dual Booting

Introduction

 
In this article, we are going to explain how to install Windows 8 to VHD (virtual hard disk) for 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 to 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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Summary 

 
In this article, we learned about Install Windows 8 To VHD For Easy Dual Booting.