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:
- Press Windows Key + R (or click Start > Run), type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter
- Click Action > Attach VHD
- Browse to your VHD file and click OK
When you are finished using the VHD, open Disk Management (step 1), right click the virtual drive and click Detach VHD
Thanks to John Henderson for the tip.