138 – DIRECTLY BOOT FROM A WINDOWS 7/8/10 VHD FILE WITH GRUB4DOS

Chenall has written NTBOOT which allows us to boot to a Windows 7/8/10 VHD or VHDX file (fixed size type – not dynamic type).

The VHD must be contiguous.

1. Download NBOOT-2014-08-31 from here.

2. Extract the ntboot.iso file to your grub4dos USB drive, e.g. \ntboot.iso

3. Add your Windows 7/8/10 .VHD file, e.g. \Win.VHD

4. Modify your \menu.lst filetitle TEST WIN VHD \nmap –mem /ntboot.iso (0xff)map –hook(0xff)/NTBOOT NT6=()/WIN.VHDboot

You can also specify a .WIM file instead of a VHD file.title TEST WIN WIM\nmap –mem /ntboot.iso (0xff)map –hook(0xff)/NTBOOT NT6=()/WIN.WIMboot

To boot to XP-based VHD’s use:title TEST XP VHD \nmap –mem /ntboot.iso (0xff)map –hook(0xff)/NTBOOT NT5=()/WINXP.VHDboot

Easy2Boot includes an enhanced version of NTBOOT and can boot Windows VHD and WIM files – just copy over the ISO\WIM\VHD files and boot!