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Pavillion dv6t-7000 can't create a VHD for a dual boot win 7

by flagrantV_birdie321 / December 6, 2012 1:50 AM PST

I just purchased an Hp Pavillion dv6t-7000, CTO Enterntainment notebook PC. I want to take space from the C drive and create a virtual hard disk.

Disk 0 is sectioned as follows:


199 MB NTFS; System Active, Primary Partition
C: 678.60 GB NTFS; Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition
Recovery D: 21.53 GB NTFS; Healthy Primary

I would like to take 50gb from C: and create a virtual hard drive to install windows 8 to have a dual-boot system. Can someone point me to a credible link that describes how to do this or share the solution? I have tried a process described at TechRepublic where you create a VHD, then boot to Windows 8, shft f10 into an admin window and try to use diskpart to select the vdisk file which does not exist, ie., i can't find it.

Is there something else I need to do? Can I do this through the disk manager?

Many thanks for any info

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Something is odd here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2012 2:20 AM PST

When I create a VHD that's just a file on the host system. I never needed to use any partition tool or app.

However if you are trying to use HyperV then that's a whole other story. And since you have an OEM OS such may not be supported (I'm going with it is not supported.)

To do this HyperV and more I bet you need a full retail OS and more.

Why not put Windows 8 in a virtual machine for now?

Also, if you want a dual boot to Windows 8, since there is no retail WIndows 8 yet (just OEM) you find yourself out on a limb with no support.

I strongly suggest you put 8 into a VM first.

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I am running windows 7 64 bit which VM?
by brdietrich / December 7, 2012 1:18 AM PST
In reply to: Something is odd here.

Which virtual machine software should i Use? Hyper-V in googling seems to only work with Windows 8. I don't think it works with windows 7. Do you know that it does in fact work on Windows 7. Just trying to save some time. thanks

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Didn't try HyperV on 7. I have used.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2012 1:30 AM PST

Virtual Box on 7.
Oracle's VMWare on 7.

The method you noted is not one I've seen work yet.

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(NT) PS. Forgot one. XP Mode on 7.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2012 1:30 AM PST
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