Installing Windows to a new bootable VHD with no host OS

I love the performance gains I get by using bootable VHDs. I’ve always enjoyed using VHDs but I generally had a host OS first, then installed a bunch of VHDs that I made bootable. Recently I’ve changed all of this on my computer after a spent some time reading a post from John Papa. This leads  to more flexibility. The idea is simple: take a clean drive with no host OS and add or remove bootable VHDs as needed.

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Installing Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition

Ok, as a MSDN Subscriber, i just got access to the long awaited Microsoft Windows 7.

The filename of the RTM build for Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is tagged ‘en_windows_7_ultimate_x64_dvd_X15-65922.iso’ for the x64 (64bit) and ‘en_windows_7_ultimate_x86_dvd_x15-65921.iso’ for the 32bit version.

Overview of the different Microsoft Windows 7 Editions

To install Microsoft Windows 7 i took an USB stick, made it bootable, copied to content of the ISO on the stick and installed it from there.

Read here for a tutorial about installing Microsoft Windows Vista or Microsoft Windows 7 from USB Stick

Here are some screens i captured during the installation..

Booting from the source media

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Microsoft_Windows_7_Setup_WelcomeScreen

Microsoft_Windows_7_Setup_WelcomeScreen

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