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Hyper-V How To: P2V A Running Computer

Hyper-V How To: P2V A Running Computer

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Need to convert a running computer to a .VHD? Use Disk2Vhd, released yesterday.


Disk2vhd is a free-as-in-beer Sysinternals utility you can use to create VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks. You can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online.

“Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).”

Did I mention is was free-as-in-beer?

Download Disk2vhd (704 KB) at:

  • Any idea how to manually inject the integration components into the resultant VHD so you can boot the thing without BSoD?

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