Windows 10: How to install vhdx image onto win 10 new computer

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  1.    29 Nov 2015 #1

    How to install vhdx image onto win 10 new computer


    Can I install a vhdx image backup file from an old computer (win 10) onto a new one?
    I no longer have access to the old computer.

    From my internet reading it would appear that virtualization might be invovled and I've managed to install a virtual machine on the new computer, however, I've now hit a brick wall

    If its doable I'd really appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

    The vhdx image file is on an external HD together with bu's of my data files (just to be on the safe side)
    Last edited by lyndonaus; 01 Dec 2015 at 01:32.
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  3.    30 Nov 2015 #3

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    Easiest way is just to mount it through disk management.
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  4.    04 Dec 2015 #4

    Sorry for the delay in replying ...( too crook to look at a computer )
    Thanks for the suggestions but I had already arrived at that point (mounted disk), how do I overwrite the existing oem with the back-up from the old computer with the mounted disk? I have win10 home.
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  5.    05 Dec 2015 #5

    Can you be clearer about what sort of data in the image file you want to restore? You said
    "The vhdx image file is on an external HD together with bu's of my data files" implying its content is other than data..
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  6.    05 Dec 2015 #6

    dalchina said: View Post
    Can you be clearer about what sort of data in the image file you want to restore? You said
    "The vhdx image file is on an external HD together with bu's of my data files" implying its content is other than data..
    The image is a complete copy of the old computer's content: os, progs, data etc, I did an additional copy of the data as a precaution as I had never done an image restore before. I also thought it would save time (no doubt it will when done properly) but as its turned out I could have manually re-installed the progs mant times over but I would not have learn anything!
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  7. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       05 Dec 2015 #7

    To convert VHDX to WIM ( i'll assume your ext HDD is D:\ )

    create a MOUNT folder on D:\
    create a CAPTURE folder on D:\
    Open a powershell cmd window

    Mount-WindowsImage -ImagePath “D:\FOLDER\NAME.vhdx” -Path D:\Mount -Index 1

    New-WindowsImage -CapturePath D:\Mount -Name Win10Backup -ImagePath D:\Capture\Backup.wim -Description “Windows 10 Backup” -Verify

    Dismount-WindowsImage -Path D:\Mount -Discard

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    Then you would need to partition the new PC HDD using the windows 10 setup media (run setup)

    then you would again use the setup media (or my bootable Recovery tools ISO) to get to a command prompt and then use

    Dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:D:\Capture\Backup.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:C:\

    this will convert the vhdx to wim - and Apply the backup
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  8.    05 Dec 2015 #8

    Thanks for the reply Kyhi but its way above my head, can you point to some more basic reading so I can get my head around it?
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  9. Posts : 1,841
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       05 Dec 2015 #9

    What OS is on the New PC ???

    What is the location and file name of your .vhdx you would like to restore to the New PC ??

    OR you could just BOOT the vhdx file, from your external HDD (although faster data rate if internal drive) but doable..

    Windows 8.1 / 10 support booting vhdx files - internal and external..
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    OpenSUSE / Win 7
       19 Apr 2016 #10

    Kyhi said: View Post
    OR you could just BOOT the vhdx file, from your external HDD (although faster data rate if internal drive) but doable..

    Windows 8.1 / 10 support booting vhdx files - internal and external..
    Hi Kyhi

    New user niplas here, reviving an old thread.
    I'm about to try out your guide two steps above using powershell etc, overwriting a default install with a win10 imagebackup (default comes as a vhdx-file since 8.1 it appears. Only worked with the, now legacy, vhd-format previously).

    I was aware you can boot into the image but how is that done? Google wasn't my friend today, and all the methods i found was overly complex. Maybe there is no easier way to do it than: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ces...-a-vhdx-image/ (applies to Win10 as well) but if someone have opinions on how to do this easier it would be appreciated. Thanx

    Edit: The link is for creating a full untouched boot-enabled image, this is in some instances very useful but only the bottom part applies to this question. I was wondering if there is some easier way than to boot into a full win10 install and edit the Windows Boot Loader. /edit

    lyndonaus said: View Post
    I could have manually re-installed the progs many times over but I would not have learn anything!
    Isn't that true. I'm at a factor of 10 to 1 presently but I refuse to resort to doing things from scratch every time something fails (especially when you have a well configured snapshot)
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