Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



2312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 119


Topic # 112159 28-Nov-2012 11:16 Send private message

Hi guys, I'm having a bit of a problem installing Windows 7 to a VHD. 

Situation:
I have Windows 7 installed already on the system, but I want to run another copy on a separate partition. Only issue with that is that my Laptop is an HP, and as such has lots of HP stuff on it, including many partitions. Partitions are: Recovery, Normal C Drive, System something and HP Tools (drivers I think?). This means I have 4 partitions on Disk 0, and cannot add another partition while keeping the disk bootable, so I assumed VHD would be the way to go.

What I've done:
Created a fixed size, 150GB VHD stored in the main C:\ folder, named win7.vhd (C:\win7.vhd)
Booted to Windows 7 Installer from USB because I didn't have any spare DVDs to burn another copy after I lost the last one in the move. 
Installer runs along, sometimes hits the issue with drivers but sometimes doesnt, bit of a hit and miss. But usually it gets to the screen where I can select a disk, and it lists the 4 partitions on disk 0. 
At this point, I press shift + F10 and bring up command prompt, type DISKPART, that runs fine, then I type: "select vdisk file=c:\win7.vhd" and hit enter. The installer says "DiskPart has encountered an error: The system cannot find the file specified. See the System Event Log for more information. There is no virtual disk selected." and goes no further. 

I have succussfully attached the VHD fine in the existing windows OS, and am able to access it perfectly fine, but I cannot run the installer from inside windows and install to that because it says something like my computer may not be compatible with VHD boot or something so doesnt go past the select disk screen. 

Can anyone shed some light as to what I could do in this situation? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, 

Sam.





2013 MacBook Air (4GB/1.3GHz i5/128GB SSD) - HP DV6 (8GB/2.8GHz i7/120GB SSD + 750GB HDD)
iPhone 5 (16GB/White/Telecom NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/Purple/Telecom NZ)

Sam, Auckland 
Skype: tardtasticx

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
BDFL
49938 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4624

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 724074 28-Nov-2012 11:23 Send private message

You must be running Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate for VHD boot to work. What do you have installed now?






2312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 119


  Reply # 724077 28-Nov-2012 11:25 Send private message

freitasm: You must be running Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate for VHD boot to work. What do you have installed now?


Duh, how could I miss something like that >< Feel like a total idiot now haha. It has 7 Home Premium installed. That completely slipped my mind. So no way around this I'm guessing then?





2013 MacBook Air (4GB/1.3GHz i5/128GB SSD) - HP DV6 (8GB/2.8GHz i7/120GB SSD + 750GB HDD)
iPhone 5 (16GB/White/Telecom NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/Purple/Telecom NZ)

Sam, Auckland 
Skype: tardtasticx

I iz your trusted friend
5293 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 51

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 724085 28-Nov-2012 11:38 Send private message

You can run it as VM.




Internet is my backyard...

«Geekzone blog: Tech 'n Chips Takeaway» «Personal blog: And then...» «Photo blog: I see...»

Please read the Geekzone's FUG




2312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 119


  Reply # 724127 28-Nov-2012 12:07 Send private message

chiefie: You can run it as VM.


I did think that, but It'd just be nicer to run it with the full power of the computer instead of just adding another thing to slow it down and cause problems. 






2013 MacBook Air (4GB/1.3GHz i5/128GB SSD) - HP DV6 (8GB/2.8GHz i7/120GB SSD + 750GB HDD)
iPhone 5 (16GB/White/Telecom NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/Purple/Telecom NZ)

Sam, Auckland 
Skype: tardtasticx



2312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 119


  Reply # 724287 28-Nov-2012 16:33 Send private message

Was going to just update the main os to ultimate then do another vhd with ultimate too, but it throws up an error "the 'system' partition does not have enough free space" or something along those lines, it's that partition that's meant to be hidden and doesn't have a drive letter either, you also cannot delete this partition using the inbuilt programmes and I'm kinda afraid to touch it. Lol





2013 MacBook Air (4GB/1.3GHz i5/128GB SSD) - HP DV6 (8GB/2.8GHz i7/120GB SSD + 750GB HDD)
iPhone 5 (16GB/White/Telecom NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/Purple/Telecom NZ)

Sam, Auckland 
Skype: tardtasticx

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Speed limit when overtaking? Teach me please.
Created by nakedmolerat, last reply by richms on 25-Oct-2014 23:02 (90 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


House Auctions
Created by t0ny, last reply by Geektastic on 25-Oct-2014 22:18 (41 replies)
Pages... 2 3


VDSL, which router/modem sub $200?
Created by TeaLeaf, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 25-Oct-2014 19:48 (28 replies)
Pages... 2


Neon - Sky's new streaming service
Created by JarrodM, last reply by JimmyH on 25-Oct-2014 17:37 (29 replies)
Pages... 2


iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Gonna get one?
Created by Dingbatt, last reply by tungsten on 25-Oct-2014 20:22 (115 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


5Ghz AP recommendations?
Created by ubergeeknz, last reply by sbiddle on 24-Oct-2014 12:42 (12 replies)

Snap have failed our company!
Created by dafman, last reply by kornflake on 23-Oct-2014 17:41 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Thief taunts 12 year old via stolen laptop
Created by macuser, last reply by charsleysa on 22-Oct-2014 23:49 (12 replies)


Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.