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Download VHD_W8_Compact - Make Mini 8 - 85

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VHD_W8_Compact - Program to make Mini 8

Download and Run VHD_W8C.exe and Extract to simple path
In Win 7/8 OS Set User Account Control Off and Reboot

VHD_W8_Compact.exe - Make Mini 8 in 2.5 GB VHD booting from USB or HDD
x64 version needs 3.5 GB VHD because of extra 1 GB SysWOW64 folder.

Source is any Windows 8 x86 or x64 fresh Installed on primary active partition of internal harddisk Or Win8 Pro installed in 15 GB VHD
Target Boot Drive can be FAT32 (needed for UEFI) USB-drive used only for Boot files so that there are no changes for booting of internal harrddisk .
Target System Drive must be NTFS and is the drive where the Win8 VHD file is created and this can be your internal harddisk drive.

WinNTSetup 3 - Install Windows 8.1 from ISO

Download Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise - http://technet.micro...r/hh699156.aspx
Download WinNTSetup3 - http://www.msfn.org/...winntsetup-v30/

VHD_W8_Compact - Make Mini 8 VHD

Support topic - http://reboot.pro/to...ct-make-mini-8/
More Info - http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=25333
Download VHD_W8C - http://reboot.pro/fi...ct-make-mini-8/

Windows 8 VHD files make use of Microsoft VHD driver which allows in Boot Manager Menu to boot VHD as FILEDISK.
Booting VHD files from Grub4dos Menu as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK requires to Install in Source VHD either FiraDisk Or WinVBlock driver.
Additinally Installed Programs and Drivers and Settings are remembered in FILEDISK just like in normal Windows OS.
Loading the VHD into RAMDISK is much faster when the VHD file is located on the internal NTFS harddisk drive.

Build-in Defraggler is useful to Defrag files within the Win8 VHD, but post processing is also possible after mounting the Win8 VHD.
NTFS Compression results in high fragmentation e.g. 85% so that it is advised to use Defrag VHD option.

VHD_W8_Compact.exe will create the Boot Manager Menu entry on HDD or USB Boot Drive for the Win8 VHD on NTFS System Drive.

Program UEFI_MULTI can be used in Win 7/8/7PE/8PE OS to make other HDD or USB drives bootable with the created W8 VHD.
http://reboot.pro/to...182-uefi-multi/ Or http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=25269

BOOT_IMG.exe makes Grub4dos Boot Menu on Target Boot Drive for VHD on NTFS Target System Drive (FileCopy of VHD occurs if not yet present)

More Info - http://reboot.pro/to...to-make-mini-8/ Or http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=25333


Source preparation:
Any Windows 8 ISO file can be used but Universal solution for booting on UEFI + BIOS needs Windows 8 x64
Download 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation x64 from - http://technet.micro...r/hh699156.aspx

Boot with Windows 7/8 or 7/8 PE and then use WinNTSetup3
to Install any Windows 8 x86 or x64 on primary active partition of internal harddisk Or to Install Win8 Pro in 15 GB VHD.
Boot Drive can be FAT32 or NTFS USB-drive so that normal booting of the internal harddisk is not changed.

Win 8 Setup ISO file selected via R-mouse is mounted in ImDisk Virtual drive
In WinNTSetup3 - Tweaks - Select all System Tweaks so that UAC is off etc.
After booting with Windows 8 then Check to have Switched Off :
UAC + Defender + pagefile + System Restore + Hibernate + Windows Update + Action Center settings Disable ALL options

Hibernate OFF via cmd window with

powercfg -h OFF

Install FiraDisk driver with R-mouse on firadisk.inf in makebt\firadisk-driver- folder
The 64-bit FiraDisk driver requires to boot with testsigning switched on

Open Command Prompt as Administrator:

bcdedit /set testsigning on

Reboot to activate testsigning - Info http://msdn.microsof...y/ff553484.aspx


Credits and Thanks to:
JFX for making WinNTSetup3 to Install Windows 2k/XP/2003/Vista/7/8 x86/x64 - http://www.msfn.org/...612-winntsetup-
ChrisR for making Win8.1SE - http://www.msfn.org/...170546-win81se/
chenall, tinybit and Bean for making Grub4dos - http://code.google.c.../downloads/list
karyonix for making FiraDisk driver- http://reboot.pro/to...k-latest-00130/
Sha0 for making WinVBlock driver - http://reboot.pro/to...8168-winvblock/
Olof Lagerkvist for ImDisk virtual disk driver - http://www.ltr-data....ode.html#ImDisk and http://reboot.pro/in...hp?showforum=59
Uwe Sieber for making ListUsbDrives - http://www.uwe-sieber.de/english.html
Dariusz Stanislawek for the DS File Ops Kit (DSFOK) - http://members.ozema...eezip/freeware/
marv for making UsbBootWatcher - https://github.com/v...sb-boot-watcher and http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=22473
Pauly for making Bootice - http://bbs.ipauly.co...06e07ab6f3b01cb
NeoSmart for making EasyBCD - https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
More Info on booting Win 7 VHD from grub4dos menu by using FiraDisk Or WinVBlock driver:
http://reboot.pro/to...-and-windows-7/ Or http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=23553
Boot Windows 7 from USB - http://reboot.pro/in...hp?showforum=77
Boot Windows 7 from USB - karyonix - http://reboot.pro/in...?showtopic=9196


Grub4dos Menu to Boot W864USP1.vhd as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK by using FiraDisk driver

VHD filename W864USP1.vhd contains Architecture 64/32 + Distribution Language + Version P/M/C + Number 1-9

title Portable W864USP1.vhd - FiraDisk FILEDISK - 3.5 GB
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /W864USP1.vhd
map --heads=2 --sectors-per-track=18 --mem (md)0x800+4 (99)
map /W864USP1.vhd (hd0)
map --hook
write (99) [FiraDisk]\nStartOptions=disk,vmem=find:/W864USP1.vhd,boot;\n\0
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader /bootmgr
map --status
pause Press any key . . .

title Portable W864USP1.vhd - FiraDisk RAMDISK - 3.5 GB
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /W864USP1.vhd
map --mem /W864USP1.vhd (hd0)
map --hook
root (hd0,0)
chainloader /bootmgr


What's New in Version 85 (See full changelog)

  • VHD filename W864USP1.vhd contains Architecture 64/32 + Distribution Language + Version P/M/C + Number 1-9
  • Update grub4dos-0.4.5c-2013-07-24.7z
  • Added Tweaks for Windows XP/7/8 as used in WinNTSetup3 - Thanks to JFX
  • http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/149612-winntsetup-v34-35-beta1/page-32#entry1070687
  • Improvement in all Help files - Procedures based on using Win8.1SE x64 boot.wim as Boot Image File
  • Thanks to ChrisR for making Win8.1SE - http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/170546-win81se/
  • v 84
  • Add POST_FIX_W8 Folder with useful Tools and Desktop Links
  • Add VHD_W8\addon folder with dpinst for Install of Drivers
  • VHD filename W8x64USP.VHD contains Architecture x64/x32 + Distribution Language + Version P/M/C
  • v 83
  • 8.1 Source ISO of any language can be used
  • v 82
  • Update USB_W78_Fix.exe to Fix Windows 7/8 VHD or Drive for booting from USB
  • Update UsbBootWatcher used to protect Services that Enable booting from USB
  • Update Booticex86.exe to version
  • Added EasyBCD 2.1.2.exe
  • v 81
  • Update for using Windows 8.1 as Source
  • v 58
  • Update - BOOT_IMG.exe - improvement in overflow measurement on Drive in case of existing Image file
  • v 57
  • - Update Grub4dos to version grub4dos-0.4.5c-2013-03-03.7z
  • - Grub4dos Menu for booting Win8 VHD as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK is made when FiraDisk or WinVBlock driver is found in Win8 Source
  • - Add Drivers from makebt\drivers to system32\DriverStore\FileRepository is applied for Portable version by using Dism.exe
  • - BOOT_IMG.exe makes Grub4dos Boot Menu on Target Boot Drive for VHD on NTFS Target System Drive (FileCopy of VHD occurs if not yet present)
  • - WinContig was added to make fragmented VHD file contiguous as needed for booting with Grub4dos



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