Install current W10 system on VHDX and boot (NOT as a VM)

  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Install current W10 system on VHDX and boot (NOT as a VM)


    Hi folks
    plenty of data on creating a VHDX disk using a Windows install ISO and booting from it (the vhdx disk in Native mode, not as a VM) but are there any instructions on how to create a bootable vhdx system of a Current running W10 system. I want to have the W10 vhdx disk as a bootable option in W11 on the boot menu.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    1) create blank vhdx on a separate drive with enough space to hold contents of main C drive plus margin.

    2) clone C drive to VHDX using Macrium Reflect (as I know you have it)

    3) note driver letter of windows in vhd (say E:)

    4) from admin command prompt type

    bcdboot E:\windows /p /d

    Reboot pc and you can now select vhd to boot from.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    cereberus said:
    1) create blank vhdx on a separate drive with enough space to hold contents of main C drive plus margin.

    2) clone C drive to VHDX using Macrium Reflect (as I know you have it)

    3) note driver letter of windows in vhd (say E:)

    4) from admin command prompt type

    bcdboot E:\windows /p /d

    Reboot pc and you can now select vhd to boot from.
    Hi there
    Thanks

    Done and working !! (and also used VIBoot to create Hyper-V VM's too -- brilliant - wish I'd used that before). !!

    @cereberus -- great way to test loads of different Windows versions without going through the ritual of creating WintoGo systems (although WintoGo does have uses). Also on a large external SSD can have several versions of Windows as well --Great stuff.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 09 Oct 2021 at 06:25.
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