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September 29, 2022

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Hyper-V VM on physical disk instead of VHD file

Storing a Hyper-V virtual machine directly on physical disk, instead of a VHD file, is a practical method to speed up the VM. In addition, it makes it easy to switch from VM to real, physical dual boot, when required. Confusing? Let me explain.

Native boot VHD with GPT virtual hard disk – How to upgrade

Windows cannot be upgraded on native boot VHD. Updating is OK, but when user tries to upgrade Windows, an error message is shown: “You can’t upgrade Windows on a virtual drive“. To upgrade Windows on native boot VHD, it must be attached to a virtual machine. After upgrade, virtual machine can be deleted, and user can now boot to VHD containing upgraded Windows.

The Sandbox desktop shows an Activate Windows watermark at lower right

Win10 Sandbox Still Shows Activate Windows Watermark

The Windows 10 Sandbox remains a fleeting, transitory and evanescent way to try out Windows 10 software and capabilities. Thus, it still can’t be updated or activated, by deliberate design. Here are some further observations on this topic…

Hyper-V – Use VM as Sandbox

A Windows Sandbox Environmet on steroids: use a Hyper-V Sandbox virtual machine as Windows Sanbox. This post will show you how.

Graphic from MS Azure blog post announcing Azure Stack HCI

Say Hello to Hybrid Cloud Capable Azure Stack HCI

Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI lets customer run the same Azure software and services on-premises that they already access in the cloud. Depending on what’s required for on-premises hardware — especially if it’s compatible with current generation rack mounted systems — this could shake up the whole HCI marketplace. Only time (and an improved understanding of the details) will tell..

Hyper-V – Use physical disk instead of VHD

Storing a Hyper-V virtual machine directly on physical disk, instead of a VHD file, is a practical method to speed up the VM. In addition, it makes it easy to switch from VM to real, physical dual boot, when required. Confusing? Let me explain.

Options availalbe from Download a Windows 10 VM web page

Windows 10 Version 2004 Developer VMs Available

Now that Windows 10 Version 2004 is publicly released, Microsoft also offers free, ready-to-run developer evaluation versions of Windows 10 Enterprise in VM form for VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox and Parallels. Good stuff!

Native Boot VHD – One-Click Deployment

I am a huge fan of using native boot virtual hard disks in a dual or multi boot configuration. Deploying Windows to a VHD file and adding it to the boot menu makes things so easy: when the secondary OS is no longer needed, just delete that VHD and remove its boot entry. In an

Linux and Windows – Best friends forever?

Ed Bott, a globally known tech writer and author, described last week on ZDNet how Microsoft helped him to install Ubuntu Linux. Quoting Mr. Bott: Anyone who aspires to understand the modern computing landscape should have some experience with platforms other than the one they use regularly because a lot of what you see in

RDP and Hyper-V Enhanced Mode file transfer speed

A few weeks back, I offered free Windows assistance as long as the #StayAtHome lock-down continues. One of the emails I have received was from a user who asked if there’s anything one could do to speed up file transfer between a Hyper-V host and a virtual machine using Enhanced Session Mode. I thought that

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