Attaching a .VHD (Virtual PC image) using Windows 7 capabilities

Cesar De la Torre

Windows 7 has a great and new capability which consists on  the ability to attach a VHD (Virtual PC Hard Disk image) as a  native drive. This way you could see a VHD from Windows 7 like if it were a regular hard drive.

It is very useful, many times I want to get some demos or any file from within a VPC. In XP or Vista you had to start that VPC using Virtual Pc, etc., now we can just attach it a get any file from the .VHD!! 🙂

The stesp are the following:

Attach a VHD

From ‘Computer management’ and Action menu you can attach the VHD:


Remember this is just to see the .VHD files.

BTW, it seems that in Windows 7 build 7000, when you re-start the machine, you no longer have that .VHD as an attached hard drive. I didn’t see a way to persist it, yet..

If you want to natively BOOT from a .VHD, that is a diferent matter…, I’ll try to post about this other point..


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