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windows 8 dual boot to vhd install from usb iso and only have img file

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I am trying to create a dual boot using windows 8 downloaded from the msdn site.  The download says iso, but it actually downloads an img file.  I need to create a usb iso boot dvd thing.  Anyway, I don't have any dvds to burn and the only way I can find to install to a vhd is to load the iso on a memory stick.  If so, the only way I could find was a tool that requires an iso.  So I somehow need to be able to install the img on a new blank vhd.  If not, I need to be able to download a iso from the site not an img.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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rename it to .iso
then unpack it onto a bootable usb stick
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by:AbhishekJha
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You can download windows 8 ISO from Below link. The only thing you need to login through your Live or hotmail account.

Download LINK
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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that is the windows 8 Enterprise Trial .iso link
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by:jackjohnson44
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I tried changing the extension to iso and was able to run the utility.  I can then boot, press f12 and select boot to ubs zip, and the screen loads with a square in the middle, which I assume is the win 8 logo and just hangs.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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check the drive contents the properties should be
3.41GB 2,087 Files in 868 Folders
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That is what I have.  It just hangs after the image though.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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what is your video subsystem?

onboard?
other video card?
video card with onboard video disabled?
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follow my EE Article to create a USB Bootable flash drive for installation

HOW TO: Create a  Bootable USB Flash Drive of Microsoft Windows Server 2012

just use your ISO
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I changed the extension img to iso then created the flash drive as you stated.  When I try to boot to this, I get a splash page with a logo in the middle and then it hangs.

ve3ofa, I do not know these answers. How can I check?  Is there something I can change to get this working, then change it back?
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what is the PC?
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a dell server
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could you be more specific?

make and mode, processor, memory?
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I finally just let it sit there for a long time and the insall screens finally came up.

If I click advanced options, I can choose a partition on a drive.  I created a vhd and mounted that.  Is there any way to recognize the mounted vhd?  My goal is to be able to install to a vhd so I can save a copy and restore it if necessary.
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Change the Volume Label so you know it's a Mounted VHD!
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 2000 total points
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if you have imagex (available in the Windows Automated Installation Kit you can simply
imagex /apply  dvddrive:\sources\install.wim 1 destinationdrive:

The value of 1 will vary depending upon your version of windows you will have to change the index number that you required
imagex /info [pathtowimfile]:\sources\install.wim will return the indexes that are in the install.wim

That or mount your windows 7 image backup .vhd  x:\windowsimagebackup .vhd (the larger one) you can then create a wim file with it..
 imagex /capture d: d:\imaging\data.wim "Drive D" and then save it to external media
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