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

  3. Browse to your VHD file and click OK

attach-vhd-windows02

 

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

attach-vhd-windows03

Thanks to John Henderson for the tip.

 

About Rich

Rich is the owner and creator of Windows Guides; he spends his time breaking things on his PC so he can write how-to guides to fix them.

Free PC tips by email

Search Windows Guides




Comments