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Topic # 111071 23-Oct-2012 13:17 Send private message

Hi,

I'm trying to set up Windows 8 to boot from VHD. In 7 I'd boot from the DVD, press Shift-F10 then type:

diskpart
create vdisk file="C:\win7.vhd" type=expandable maximum=100000
select vdisk file="C:\win7.vhd"
attach vdisk
exit
exit

I'd then install to the newly-accessible VHD. All good.

I'm trying to do the same in Win 8. As some of you will be aware, Windows 8 is localised into proper English and it therefore defaults to a UK keyboard layout. On the first screen of the installer you can select NZ and it'll swap to the US layout... but this doesn't seem to affect the Shift-F10 command prompt. I'm getting stuck on the second command because the \ key types # instead!

I've been through all the key combinations that I can think of and can't find any way to type a backslash. Does anyone know:

1. How to type a backslash, or
2. How to change the keyboard layout to US, or
3. Some other way of creating/attaching a VHD?

Thanks :)

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  Reply # 705095 23-Oct-2012 13:47 Send private message

BigHammer: UK Keyboard by any chance? Seems to be mentioned here: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/GuideToInstallingAndBootingWindows8DeveloperPreviewOffAVHDVirtualHardDisk.aspx in the comments.


for those that don't want to read the whole thing

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4. Since I have a UK Keyboard, when I was in the command window I couldn't type a "\" char for the file path used in DISKPART's 'create vdisk' command. Luckily, I could copy/paste the char from some previous text within the cmd window.

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