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Unfortunately, after spending way too many hours trying to make this work, I just learned that you can not setup Windows 7 to boot from a VHD with Windows 7 professional, only Ultimate and Enterprise.  This isn’t a show stopper, but it’s definitely a setback.  I really wish I started with Ultimate to begin with.  This was a big waste of time.  I was getting: "License error: Booting from a vhd is not supported on this system"

For those pursuing this, here’s a good article:

http://www.markwilson.co.uk/blog/2009/10/native-boot-from-vhd-on-a-windows-xp-computer.htm

One thing that I had to change was, after “Attach VDISK”, I had to type:

SELECT PARTITION=1

I was getting an error saying no partition was selected.  I also had to change from drive x to y, as it said x was already used.

Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 10:19 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Windows 7 – Booting from a VHD – Gotcha

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John,

You might enjoy my blog post on this issue- then again, maybe not, but here is the URL anyway http://geekswithblogs.net/btudor/archive/2009/07/06/133300.aspx
Left by Bill on Oct 18, 2009 3:33 PM

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I bought Acronis True Image as Symantec Ghost had not been upgraded to work with Windows 7. I like having the choice at boot-time to go back to an earlier installation. However Acronis use a VHD file, which does not work with Professional. That's 2 Gotcha's!!
Grrrr.
Left by Nigel on Mar 29, 2010 9:26 PM

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Thank you so much it helped me so much! Just what I needed.
Left by dosette senseo on Jan 23, 2011 11:59 AM

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