21 March, 2015

Windows 10 – running side by side with Windows 8.1

If you wish to try out Windows 10 (at the time of writing meaning build .10041) on your actual hardware as opposed to some virtual machine you can certainly do so if you utilize the VHD approach. This will allow Windows to run off the actual hardware of your laptop.

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It is a process that requires some steps though, so grab a cup of coffee and stay awake.

1) First – create a VHD file (Virtual Hard Drive)

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2) Let it run. It will take some time as you have selected fixed size file (or disk if you will). This gives the best performance

3) Rightclick on the newly created disk and select “Initialize Disk”

4) Format the disk as “Simple Volume”

5) (you can double check that you indeed do have a file called C:\VHD\WIN10.vhd)

6) Now – insert your USB key with the Windows 10 ISO image into your laptop

7) Boot the laptop from this USB drive (press F12)

8) Press the Install Now button

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9) When arriving at this page – select the “Custom: Install Windows only

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10) Now – be careful here! You do not see your newly created VHD disk onto which you want to install Windows 10. This is the disk you want to see before continuing.

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Press Shift + F10 and you will gain a command prompt:

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11) type the following

diskpart [enter]

select vdisk file=c:\vhd\win10.vhd [enter]

attach vdisk [enter]

12) Now return to your drive overview, press Refresh and witness your vhd file (represented as a hard disk)

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13) Select this second hard disk and run the usual installation process

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14) You now have a dual boot system and are good to go

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