Run a VHD file in Virtual PC

Hello,

I have recently got a Windows 7 PC to replace a Windows XP machine. However, so that I still have access to anything on the old PC which I may need again, I have made a .vhd file of the old computer's hard disk.

I cannot seem to open this vhd file, as I cannot find way to create a new Virtual PC with which to use this virtual hard disk.

Is there anyway to do this?

Thanks,
Richard
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Windows 7 can read the VHD(Virtual Hard Disk) Files without VPC(Virtual PC).  You can make the VHD file be seen as a hard drive on the new PC. Here is how to do it.

Attach VHD file:
1. Right click on "My Computer" and hit "Manage".
2. Go to "Disk Management" under "Storage" on the left side.
3. Click on the "Action" menu on the top and Click "Attach VHD".
4. Browse the VHD file that you would like to open, you can also make the drive Read only just in case you accidentally change something.  Then Hit "OK".
5. You should see your VHD in "My Computer"

Detach VHD file:
1. Go to Disk Management as described in steps 1-2 I explained earlier.  
2. On the bottom half of the window, find the VHD you would like to detach. 
3. Right click on the "Disk #" and click "Detach VHD"

Good Luck. God Bless. :)

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Hi Richard,

OK, First, I assume you've downloaded and installed Microsoft Virtual PC?  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

If you have, look in your start menu and you'll have a Windows Virtual PC option, go into that menu and click on Windows Virtual PC.

Now, there is technically no GUI for Virtual PC, it's integrated into Windows 7 so it just looks like a Windows Explorer menu, but it's not.

If you look towards the top of the Window, there is a Create Virtual Machine button, click that and it will guide you through creating a new virtual machine.

When it gets to the part of asking you about your hard drive (3rd screen I think), opt to select a VHD file and choose the VHD file you created.  Complete the wizard and start the machine.

That's it -

Let me know if you still stuggle.

Regards,
Jon

http://www.insidetheregistry.com

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