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A 2-post collection

Installing a Fresh Windows OS to a New Bootable VHD with no Host OS for Boot to VHD

I love the performance gains I get by using bootable VHDs. I’ve always enjoyed using VHDs but I generally had a host OS first, then installed a bunch of VHDs that I made bootable. Recently I’ve changed all of this on my laptop after a coworker took the time to show me a way with more flexibility (thanks Paul Stubbs!). The idea is simple: take a clean drive with no host OS and add or remove bootable VHDs as needed. These steps describe steps that enable a few scenarios for me that allow me to: Install a fresh OS to a new bootable VHD with no host OS on the computer already Copy existing VHDs to...


Making a Bootable USB with Windows 7

Tonight I had a DVD with Windows 7 that used to work, but it wasn’t anymore. So I pulled out my trusty USB stick with a bootable copy of Windows 7 on it … alas that drive had gone through the wash a while back and finally kicked the bucket. I was determined not to strike out 3 times, so I decided to make a new USB bootable device. The steps are pretty easy to create a USB stick that boot up the Windows 7 setup from an ISO image, so I figured I would share the love. Grab a a Windows 7 ISO image and extract it to a folder (not on the USB stick) You can...