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  • Hello,

    On my old work laptop I had a installation of Windows 7 Ent x64. I also had a second installtion on a bootable vhd for home use.This worked fine. I use the vhd boot for gaming. I got a new laptop. It has Windows server 2008 r2 on it. So I created a new vhd file. I boot a Windows 7 dvd and attach this vhd during install. I install on the vhd. No issues. But at the end of install I get error can not update computer boot configuration. Installation is cancelled.

     

    Anybody got a solution for this? Is this a protection in Windows 2008 r2, or my laptop hardware?

    Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:02 PM

Answers

  • Problem was dynamic disk layout. Disk has to be basic for VHD boot to work
    • Marked as answer by waaromikniet Monday, November 22, 2010 11:15 AM
    Monday, November 22, 2010 11:15 AM
  • use WIM2VHD (http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wim2vhd) to create the VHD, store the VHD where you want and add the VHD to the boot menu with EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1).

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:09 PM

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  • use WIM2VHD (http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wim2vhd) to create the VHD, store the VHD where you want and add the VHD to the boot menu with EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1).

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:09 PM
  • I have tried with easy bcd to add but doesn't show up in boot menu
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:24 PM
  • Do you use version 2 with supports adding VHDs? I'm only using this way to cnvert WIMs to VHs and add them It always works fine.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:26 PM
  • When I use bcdedit I also can not ad vhd's. I get erors during creation
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:27 PM
  • What do you mean version 2? I use Windows server 2008 R2 without hyper-v role added as my normal installation.
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:32 PM
  • which error?

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:32 PM
  • this works

     

    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 7 vhd boot"

     

    this not

     

    C:\>bcdedit /set {9310cefe-efeb-11df-873b-1cc1deb1dee6} device vhd=[d:]\virtualmachines\windows7.vhd
    An error has occurred setting the element data.
    The request is not supported.

    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:35 PM
  • I use v2.0.2 I used this tool before on a Windows 7 computer and that works.

    It looks like its my Win 2008 r2 installation.

    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:40 PM
  • strange thing is when I replace d: with c: the command works. BUt my images are on d:
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 3:43 PM
  • Andre,

    Do you think this could be because I have windows 2008 r2 as native system? When installing vhd on c: i get further. But BSOD after reboot
    Sunday, November 14, 2010 8:24 PM
  • this shouldn't make a difference. I only use a Server 2008 R2 VHD as native boot on a Windows 7 host.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Monday, November 15, 2010 12:47 AM
  • My host is Windows 2008 R2 and vhd is Windows 7
    Monday, November 15, 2010 8:42 AM
  •   What difference would that make? You are multibooting the machine, so there is not host or guest. Whichever OS is booted is totally in control of the system and the other is totally unknown after bootup. The only difference is that you are booting from a vhd rather than an hdd partition. 

     


    Bill
    Monday, November 15, 2010 9:45 AM
  • I see in disk management that my disk is dynamic. Could this be an issue?

    If I reinstall and recreate partitions do I get basic?

    Monday, November 15, 2010 10:52 AM
  • I see in disk management that my disk is dynamic. Could this be an issue?

    Maybe. I've never used dynamic disks. So I can't tell you anything.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Monday, November 15, 2010 1:26 PM
  • Problem was dynamic disk layout. Disk has to be basic for VHD boot to work
    • Marked as answer by waaromikniet Monday, November 22, 2010 11:15 AM
    Monday, November 22, 2010 11:15 AM
  • ok. thanks for sharing this useful information to us :)

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Monday, November 22, 2010 11:53 AM