Windows 8 Install (or Server 2012) Using Dual Boot to Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) Step-By-Step

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1) Download Windows 8   =>  Links to Microsoft download page (

OR Download Windows 2012

2) Follow Step-By-Step Instructions to configure BIOS

Configure BIOS Before Installing Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

3) Press the <ENTER>to boot from DVD

4) Follow remaining steps in Video SmileHappy Installing!!!




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You will need the Windows 8/2012 Installation Key...
Windows 8 RP Key (from public download only): TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF
During the install, we will create the VHD that will be used for the Windows 8 Installation

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SHIFT-F10 to open a command prompt window

Find installation drive (dir c:, dir d:, dir e:, etc)

Diskpart to open the Disk Partition Utility (the first four lines below are all the same command and must run on the same line; separated here to make it easier to read)

Create vdisk file=e:\BootDemo.vhd type=expandable maximum=40000

Attach vdisk


Then Refresh on the Windows Setup Screen


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