Normally, any PC or laptop has one operating system, for some reasons maybe you want to have another operating system ( Multiple Windows ) on your computer or laptop but you don’t know how to install it.
Even if you know how to do that, you want to avoid any problem maybe arise while you’re working on it.
In this tutorial you will learn how to install another Windows on your PC, You will install windows 7, 8.1 and 10 on VHD (Virtual Hard Drive).
The Advantages of Multiple Windows on One PC
- Open programs and games that doesn’t work on your current windows cause of compatibility issues.
- Test new programs and drivers.
- Used for some maintaining and fixing operations.
An Overview of The Process
- Windows 7 or higher is running on your computer and have administrative access ( I’ll perform this process from Windows 10 ).
- Create a VHD file (Virtual Hard Drive) and format it.
- Mount the ISO file of Windows you have on you Hard Drive, or Windows DVD inserted in your Optical Drive or just have the source files available.
- ImageX tool which will be used to install the additional Windows.
- Command Prompt opened as Administrator.
- Add the new installation to the boot menu and This will be the last step.
Let’s start. ↓↓
Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD)
- Open “Computer Management” → Right Click on Computer → Manage.
- Right Click on “Disk Management”, Then click on “Create VHD”.
- Choose where the VHD save location will be, Type the VHD size and Set the Virtual Hard Disk Format to “Dynamically Expanding”, then click OK.
- Now, the new VHD is Created, automatically attached and visible in Disk Management console.
- Right click on the new Disk and select “Initialize Disk” to Initialize the disk as MBR.
- Create and format a simple volume then Click OK.
Windows will automatically assigns a drive letter to the new volume ( F: in my example ).
- Done, Your VHD is now ready for the new Windows installation.
Mount ISO File of Windows
Mount the ISO of Windows so it will be available as drive ( E: in my example ) or just insert Windows DVD in your Optical Drive.
Start ImageX Tool
ImageX is a command-line tool used to capture, Edit and export an operating system installation image to a Windows Imaging Format (WIM) file.
- Download ImageX.
- Run Command Promp as Administrator and go to the directory in which ImageX.exe is located (makes it simple by moving it to root directory ( in my example C:\imagex.exe ).
Note: If your Windows ISO or DVD has multiple Windows images for several Windows versions like Windows 7 Home Basic, Ultimate, Enterprise, etc.,
So, you have to know the Index for the correct Windows version you want to install. To do this, Type this command in Command Prompt:
Install Windows to VHD
In the command prompt, Type the following command:
Add The New Installation to Boot Menu
Once the process is completed, You need to add the new installation which located now on the VHD file ( Drive F:\ ) to Boot Menu, so you can choose it to boot after restarting your PC.
Use the following command in Administrative Command Prompt to add the installation to Boot Menu:
When you boot to the new installation for the first time, Windows will detect your devices and install the appropriate drivers and then will reboot again.
Upon reboot, you will asked to configure Language, time and currency format, user account, computer name, etc,. just like a normal windows installation.
Now, You have an additional windows 7 on your PC.
Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 Installation
You can use the same steps to install another windows 10 or 8.1, Just convert the install.esd to install.wim to be able to use ImageX tool.
Also, You can perform the same process of ImageX to install Additional Windows to another Partition on your Hard Drive instead of the Virtual Hard Drive (VHD).
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