Install Linux Distro to VHD in Windows 7

Posted on 2012-03-14
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Last Modified: 2012-04-01
Hello All -

Today I installed Windows 8 DP to a dedicated VHD on my Windows 7 x64 Pro laptop.  Now when booting, I have the option to boot to either OS without having to partition!

It was easy to do and ran perfectly.  The guide I used to help was here:  How to Seamlessly Dual Boot Windows 7 & Windows 8 The Easy Way

My Question
Can the same not somehow be done, but with a Linux Distro like Ubuntu?  I can obviously repartition, but hey - why not make it difficult?  :)

Question by:BzowK
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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There are sporadic reports of people successfully doing this, but in general, only Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate, Windows Server 2008R2, and the Windows 8 previews can be booted from VHD.  I think the solutions I've seen have been hacks of sorts (not the illegal kind) and I don't know that I'd recommend them.  (I looked into this a little a few weeks back and was otherwise disappointed by the difficulty in getting this working.

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