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# Saturday, March 03, 2012


I just installed Windows 8 CTP in Hyper-V as a virtual machine.  I then set it up to boot to VHD.  All went well!

How to do this (After installing Win 8 CTP as a VM):

1. From Server Manager (remember, this is on the Windows Server 2008 R2 parent platform running Hyper-V), expand Storage.

2. Right-click Disk Management, select Attach Virtual Hard Disk dialog box, click Browse.

3. Browse to the location of the .vhd file for Windows 8, which in my case was d:\Program Files\Microsoft Learning\Windows8, and select the .vhd file, in my case I had named it windows8.vhd. Click windows8.vhd, open, then OK. note the drive letter that Windows associates with the attached .vhd. In my case, it was F:\.


4.Click Start, go to Command Prompt, right-click it and select Run as Administrator. Yes, if required, to the UAC pop-up.


5. At the command prompt, type bcdboot F:\windows Note I used the drive letter Windows assigned in 3 above.


6. At the command prompt, type bcdedit /set {default} Description Windows 8


7. At the command prompt, type shutdown /r /t 0 The system reboots.


8.  Select Windows 8 as in the boot menu.  Enjoy!


Saturday, March 03, 2012 6:40:27 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Comments [0]    | 
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