dimanche 16 septembre 2012

Installing Windows 8 with a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)

Here are the steps to follow for installing Windows 8 in a dual boot with Windows 7:
First you need to download Windows 8 RTM version, here is a direct link.

Then use this  Power Shell script to create a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) instance from an ISO image of Windows 8. Don't forget to check what Power Shell version you have because this script runs on version 3.

Then, Launh Powershell with administrator permissions:
.\Convert-WindowsImage.ps1 -SourcePath path_to_win8.iso -Edition Professional
Hint: you can also create a VHD image with VirtualBox.

After, with right click on your Personal Computer icon (in the windows desktop) choose manage, then disk management. From the Action menu choose Attach a virtual disk and point to the already created vhd file.

Finally, type this command line to add the attached disk as a bootable one:
bcdboot F:\Windows

Here is an interesting post for more details about dual booting win7 and win8.

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