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If you’ve created a virtual hard disk for use with a virtual machine (i.e. XP Mode—how to create a virtual machine), you may want to access these files without booting in to the virtual operating system. To access files on a VHD from Windows:

  1. Press Windows Key + R (or click Start > Run), type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter
  2. Click Action > Attach VHD

    attach vhd windows01 Access Files from a VHD Image in Windows [Quick Tip]

  3. Browse to your VHD file and click OK

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When you are finished using the VHD, open Disk Management (step 1), right click the virtual drive and click Detach VHD

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Thanks to John Henderson for the tip.

 



 Access Files from a VHD Image in Windows [Quick Tip]

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