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VHD_WIMBOOT - Apply and Capture of WIM Files for OS in VHD

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#526 wimb

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 05:40 PM

Thanks my friend, but you forgot to put a link to download WOF_Compress_Trusted-41

 

 

Yes you are right and I have added the Download Link  :)


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Posted 16 September 2021 - 07:00 PM

thanx again, wimb, I will try this one too. in the meantime, I am trying to find out what subfolders in windows, windows\syswow64 and windows\system32 can be taken out with no hindrance to the system. my syswow64 now has only the en-us subfolder, for instance, but I will deal with it in more detail in get-alladafluff-out as we agreed.



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Posted 16 September 2021 - 08:21 PM

 

In SYSTEM registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services the installed drivers can have ImagePath value beginning with \SystemRoot\System32\DriverStore\

In that case UnCompress of System32\drivers folder is not sufficient when the install mode for Apply of WIM file is Compact LZX

Instead of UnCompress of the entire DriverStore folder we can look in the SYSTEM registry what installed drivers have ImagePath referring to DriverStore and then decide to UnCompress those drivers.

This approach is already working in WinNTSetup and is now also applied in VHD_WIMBOOT-57 and WOF_Compress-41

to avoid Boot problems as occur for Windows 11x64 in case of LZX Compressed nvlddmkm.sys Kernel Mode driver.

This approach is used instead of modifying WimBootCompress.ini file [PrepopulateList] section so that these DriverStore drivers become WOF UnCompressed.

 

Most of these drivers are very small (less than 100 kB) so that UnCompress has no effect in the UsedSize.

An exception is the NVIDIA Kernel Mode driver nvlddmkm.sys which is about 31 MB UnCompressed.

In Mini-10x64 this driver does not occur since we use there the Microsoft Basic Display Driver to Save space.

 

File VHD_WIMBOOT-57\makebt\wim_info\ImagePath_DriverStore_List.txt gives in your case after Apply the DriverStore drivers that were WOF UnCompressed for this purpose.

 

 

So I assume this approach is required mainly for Win 11, and should work fine in case of Compact mode installations.

 

But not in case of Wimboot mode installations, as those files will not be real files and could not be decompressed.

 

Suggestion:

 

Once you create the list of files that require to be uncompressed (Compact mode) or real files and not pointers (Wimboot mode), after apply the OS to the VHD, use wimlib-imagex wimextract command (or equivalently wimlib-imagex extract), to extract the files on the list from the WIM file to the VHD.

 

In this case you could add a second pass of wimlib-imagex (using wimextract) to extract only those files mentioned on the list to the VHD and overwrite the previous pointer files.

 

Or even better use wimextract in both cases to be consistent, this way we can also avoid modifications to the WimBootCompress.ini file [PrepopulateList] section.

 

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 05:35 AM

So I assume this approach is required mainly for Win 11, and should work fine in case of Compact mode installations.

 

But not in case of Wimboot mode installations, as those files will not be real files and could not be decompressed.

 

 

I think it works in Compact and in WimBoot mode.

 

I think in WimBoot mode WOF UnCompress of WOF pointer file results in UnCompressed real file



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 07:58 PM

Hi Wimb, I gather this version compresses the captured wim more than before, but it also applies it to the resulting vhd in a less compressed fashion than before. is there anything I am missing out upon? 

As for win10 vs win11, I do not see much of a difference, but for the cosmetics of the taskbar, which might as well be done without for some. but u said u identified the windowsapps concerned (a few more than there should be, though, for what it is worth). for portability u do need to leave the repository uncompressed, but those like me who took most of the content of the folder out, they were already uncompressed ok without so much loss in unused space. do u think that the expansion of the applied vhd's can be ascribed to all these modifications? my 2.1gb wim yielded a 3.9gb vhd, to be almost comfy with unused space (just half a gig). now I will try the wimboot version and let u know.



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:17 PM

well the lz4-compressed vhd is 2.8gb. and the wim+vhd combo scenario is analogous to, if not more drastic than, the previous one: the wimboot vhd cannot be smaller that 2.5gb with a near-comfy 800megs unused space (looks like a standalone vhd). I hope it is faster enough to justify the space taken. 



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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:34 PM

well, here I am on the lz4. it is as fast as before, the only difference being larger size. now I will try the combo. 

the combo is the aforesaid 2.1gb(wim)+2.5gb(vhd), which is 4.6gb overall, larger size than the 3.9gb standalone vhd. the 2.5gb vhd of the combo I managed to gz it to 600megs (which would make an overall 2.9gb). now I will tell u how fast it is in a bit.

well here I am from the wimboot version of the contraption - then again, just too big, with all that may ensue in terms of speed. maybe used space does not grow, but that is not to say that it used to grow that much earlier on - with all our pruning, used space bulging was almost a thing of the remote past before as well. the only space gain that I have seen is in the initial wim file 2.1gb, as I said at the outset.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 12:14 AM

btw, I happen to find something out during vhd compression - the lz4 type leaves the used/unused space ratio intact, whereas the gz type changes the unused space from 500megs to 1.32gb and this space is bound to remain unused for long. let me try shrinking the vhd from 3.9gb to 3.5gb and then re-gz'ing it and see if it leaves decent unused space in the end. 



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 12:46 AM

well folks, I managed to squeeze the full vhd to 2.9gb and gz it to 2.45gb. I will  tell u how much unused space it will leave (as ramdisk and if possible as filedisk too). in the meantime, the wimboot vhd was applied at 1gb and gz'd to 435mg. c u in a bit.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 07:03 AM

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Update VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-58 and Win_Reduce_Trusted-43 and WOF_Compress-42

 

Download:  from wimb GitHub  -   VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-58  and   SVBus-signed_2-E.zip  and  Win_Reduce_Trusted-43 and WOF_Compress-42

 

Download File E = Encrypted PassWord = bootwimb   and SVBus PassWord = reboot.pro

 

Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf

 

Always Shut-Off AntVirus Software and Disable Windows Defender when working with signed SVBus driver !!
otherwise wimlib and Boot errors will occur .....

 

- WOF UnCompress of single driver file instead of driver folder in DriverStore for drivers where Services ImagePath contains \SystemRoot\System32\DriverStore\

 

This Saves a lot of space (0.6 GB) in case of \Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvlddmkm.sys NVIDIA Kernel Mode driver

 

The Function _Wof_Uncompress_ being used requires to be Trusted Installer, so we now use VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted.cmd to Run VHD_WIMBOOT_x64.exe as Trusted Installer.

 

WOF UnCompress of WIM-Backed pointer file results in UnComressed real file.

 

WimBoot and Compact LZX mode of Win11x64 are booting OK

 

WOF Status List as made with WOF_Compress-42

; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\NvIFROpenGL64.dll
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvinfo.pb
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\NvInstallerUtil.dll
; 0 ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvlddmkm.sys
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvldumd.dll
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvldumdx.dll
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvlicensings.dll


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 07:35 AM

 

- WOF UnCompress of single driver file instead of driver folder in DriverStore for drivers where Services ImagePath contains \SystemRoot\System32\DriverStore\

 

This Saves a lot of space (0.6 GB) in case of \Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvlddmkm.sys NVIDIA Kernel Mode driver

 

The Function _Wof_Uncompress_ being used requires to be Trusted Installer, so we now use VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted.cmd to Run VHD_WIMBOOT_x64.exe as Trusted Installer.

 

WOF UnCompress of WIM-Backed pointer file results in UnComressed real file.

 

WimBoot and Compact LZX mode of Win11x64 are booting OK

 

WOF Status List as made with WOF_Compress-42

; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\NvIFROpenGL64.dll
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvinfo.pb
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\NvInstallerUtil.dll
; 0 ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvlddmkm.sys
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvldumd.dll
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvldumdx.dll
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_1c83a5d7cffd7bff\nvlicensings.dll

 

Good work wimb, and it is a very good espace saving, basically only required *.sys files are decompresed now.

 

By the way I'm glad to know if a pointer file is decompresed it becomes a real size file, I never thought it was possible, but it is good you tested that.

 

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 08:01 AM

Good work wimb, and it is a very good espace saving, basically only required *.sys files are decompresed now.

 

By the way I'm glad to know if a pointer file is decompresed it becomes a real size file, I never thought it was possible, but it is good you tested that.

 

 

Both WimBoot and Compact Mode are based on using WOF driver.

So it is not so strange that WOF UnCompress of WimBoot pointer file results in UnCompressed real file.

 

Luckily everything can be followed easily by making WOF Status lists e.g. of DriverStore by using WOF_Compress-42

Never thought that this program when developing it would become so useful.

Always Disable Windows Defender when using WOF_Compress, since that saves a lot of time.

; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\nl-NL\xusb22.inf_loc
; WIM-Backed ; T:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\nl-NL\ykinx64.inf_loc
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; End of List WOF Status 
; Processed Files       = 2279
; Used Size Drive T: = 0.61 GB
; Time  = 1 sec


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 08:25 AM

So I assume if we run VHD_WIMBOOT from a Win10XPE_x64, we can run the *.exe file directly as we are already TI on Win10XPE_x64.

 

JFYI my assumption that pointer files were not able to become in real files with real size and real content, was because I have used 7-zip for this, and it extracts a pointer file from a Wimboot VHD as file of the real size but the file is empty.  So it is also important to remember ONLY WOF_Compress is capable to decompress pointer files as real files.

 

Yes, I'm totally agree WOF_Compress is a fantastic tool, very useful to deal with all related to WOF driver compression and decompression. I'm very glad I asked you to make this program on Post No. 23 of the old thread about it, where all related to this great tool started. WofCompress tool for Win7 - Win10

 

Once again thanks very much for all your very useful programs. They made our lives easier.

 

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 08:46 AM

This one works like a charm!!!


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 09:01 AM

compression-wise, let me insist that the gz one receive the attention it deserves - 2.2gb filedisk (from an original 3.5gb). gz has longer compression times than  lz4, but far shorter decompression ones and overwriting facilities which come in handy. see it for urselves.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 09:02 AM

So I assume if we run VHD_WIMBOOT from a Win10XPE_x64, we can run the *.exe file directly as we are already TI on Win10XPE_x64.

 

JFYI my assumption that pointer files were not able to become in real files with real size and real content, was because I have used 7-zip for this, and it extracts a file of the real size but the file is empty.  So it is also important to remember ONLY WOF_Compress is capable to decompress pointer files as real files.

 

Yes, I'm totally agree WOF_Compress is a fantastic tool, very useful to deal with all related to WOF driver compression and decompression. I'm very glad I asked you to make this program on Post No. 23 of the old thread about it, where all started. WofCompress tool for Win7 - Win10

 

 

You are right, but you can also use VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted.cmd since it will recognise PE environment and then straight launch VHD_WIMBOOT_x64.exe

 

Indeed very good that you asked me to make WOF_Compress program at the time that the whole WOF stuff was rather new to me ....


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Update VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-60 and Win_Reduce_Trusted-44

 

Download:  from wimb GitHub  -   VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-60  and   SVBus-signed_2-E.zip  and  Win_Reduce_Trusted-44

 

Download File E = Encrypted PassWord = bootwimb   and SVBus PassWord = reboot.pro

 

Download:  Win11 ISO from Microsoft  -  Win11_Language_x64.iso  5GB

 

Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf

 

Always Shut-Off AntVirus Software and Disable Windows Defender when working with signed SVBus driver !!
otherwise wimlib and Boot errors will occur .....

 

- Update UEFI Grub4dos (= Grub4efi Or G4E) - grub4dos-for_UEFI-2021-09-08.7z
- Windows 11 compatibility improved by force booting VHD with recent Boot Manager of Windows 11

- Adding Windows 11 VHD will Update Windows Boot Manager to version of Windows 11

- Avoiding Windows Boot Manager Error 0xC0000428 - winload.efi signature can't be verified

 

- Win_Reduce_Trusted - Changed remove of DriverStore folders using folder names with trailing * instead of full  folder name

The complex folder names in DriverStore are changing rapidly with Updates and Windows versions

With the trailing * solution it is not needed anymore to change the folder names in remove_sub_DriverStore.txt

 

Win_Reduce_Trusted-44\Win_reduce\File_List\remove_sub_DriverStore.txt

; Adjust to your needs - Only rules with leading backslash and trailing * are used - Wildcards like * and ? are Not allowed inside Folder Names
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\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_*
\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\helloface.inf_amd64_*
;
W11x64_2021-10-03_145700.jpg == W11x64_WB_2021-10-03_153529.jpg == Mini-11x64_RAMDISK_2021-10-03_154502.jpg

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Update Win_Reduce_Trusted-45

 

Download:  from wimb GitHub  -  Win_Reduce_Trusted-45

 

Download File E = Encrypted PassWord = bootwimb

 

Download:  Win11 ISO from Microsoft  -  Win11_Language_x64.iso  5 GB

 

Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf

 

- Win_Reduce_Trusted - Changed to keep WindowsApps folders using folder names with trailing * instead of full  folder name

The complex folder names in WindowsApps are changing rapidly with Updates and Windows versions

With the trailing * solution it is not needed anymore to change the folder names and we can use now for Windows 10 and 11 keep_WindowsApps.txt

 

- Reducing Windows 11 LZX UsedSize from 5 GB into 2 GB in only 40 seconds - a lot easier and faster than MSMG Toolkit  :)

  Reduce Windows footprint - creates a slimmed down or bloat-free Windows

 

Win_Reduce_Trusted-45\Win_reduce\File_List\keep_WindowsApps.txt

; Adjust to your needs - Only rules with leading backslash and trailing * are used - Wildcards like * and ? are Not allowed inside Folder Names
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\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.SecHealthUI_*
\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.UI.Xaml.*
\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.VCLibs.*
\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsNotepad_*


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Download:  Win11 ISO from Microsoft  -  Win11_Language_x64.iso  5 GB

 

Microsoft_Downloads_2021-10-05_184154.jpg

 

Download:  WinNTSetup v5.0   and   Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf

 

The New Beast has arrived .... Smaller and Faster than Windows 10x64 and OK for Install of all drivers and for booting from USB 3.1 ....  B)

 

It would be better when most WindowsApps integrated since Windows 8 (the Bing Apps, ZuneMusic and Xbox and more ...  :wacko:

were Not preinstalled, but just available in the WindowsStore like e.g. Spotify App and Scanner App for the very few that wishes these Bing Apps.

 

W11x64_NL_2021-10-05_160157.jpg == Mini-11x64_LU_2021-10-05_183333.jpg


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Posted 6 days ago

Update VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-61 and SVBus_INST_Trusted-20

 

Download:  from wimb GitHub  -   VHD_WIMBOOT-61  and  UEFI_MULTI-60  and  SVBus_INST_Trusted-20

 

Download File E = Encrypted PassWord = bootwimb

 

Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf

 

Always Shut-Off AntVirus Software and Disable Windows Defender when working with signed SVBus driver !!
otherwise wimlib and Boot errors will occur .....

 

- Update VHD_WIMBOOT-61 and UEFI_MULTI-60 and USB_FORMAT-60 - Grub4dos - grub4dos-0.4.6a-2021-10-15.7z
- VHD_WIMBOOT and UEFI_MULTI adjusted for making BCD Boot entries of Win10XPE boot.wim Installed Flat in VHD
- SVBus_INST_Trusted is program for Offline Install of SVBus Driver in VHD by using offlinereg program and Dism
  Defender Control can be used in advance to Disable Windows Defender

 

Thanks to:
- erwan.l for making offlinereg - http://reboot.pro/in...ds&showfile=313
- Nir Sofer for making AdvancedRun (64-bit) - https://www.nirsoft....vanced_run.html
- Sordum for making Defender Control - https://www.sordum.o...r-control-v2-0/
- schtrom for making SVBus Virtual SCSI Host Adapter for GRUB4DOS - http://reboot.pro/to...r-for-grub4dos/

 

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Posted 5 days ago

JFYI

 

About VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-61, the wimlib-imagex files into it (v1.13.2) from May 24, 2020 are not the more recent version.

 

Maybe it is time to update to the current version wimlib-1.13.4 (released Apr 18, 2021) see: https://wimlib.net/

 

I have being using v1.13.4 since released and I can confirm it works very fine.

 

To make things easier for you this are the changes:

 

wimlib 1.13.3 released

Post by synchronicity » Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:09 pm
wimlib 1.13.3 has been released. This is a maintenance release. List of changes:

    On Windows, improved performance of capturing an entire drive in some cases.
    On Windows, fixed leaking a directory handle (or triggering a SEH exception when running under a debugger) when referencing WIM files.
    On Windows, when applying a Windows OS image using the --compact flag, bootloader files can now be compressed with stronger compression algorithms if the version of Windows is recent enough to support it.
    Clarified the license text.


wimlib 1.13.4 released

Post by synchronicity » Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:44 pm
wimlib 1.13.4 has been released. This is a maintenance release. List of changes:

    wimsplit now prints progress messages regularly rather than just once per WIM part.
    Added support for a data recovery mode which causes files to be extracted even if they are corrupted. The option is --recover-data for wimapply and wimextract, and WIMLIB_EXTRACT_FLAG_RECOVER_DATA for the library. Note that this option won't help with all types of corruption; some types of corruption will still cause a fatal error.

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Posted 4 days ago

Update VHD_WIMBOOT_Trusted-62

 

Download:  from wimb GitHub  -   VHD_WIMBOOT-62

 

Download File E = Encrypted PassWord = bootwimb

 

Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf

 

- Update UEFI Grub4dos - grub4dos-for_UEFI-2021-10-21.7z

   Update G checkbox in VHD_WIMBOOT allows to Update Boot Drive with new version of UEFI Grub4dos

- Update wimlib to version 1.13.4

- Added New VHD Size 500 MB

- Overflow limit reduced to minimal 150 MB for DriveSpaceFree

- Added System Info panel with 15 useful System Info Buttons like BOOTICE and Device Manager

- various improvements for support to Install Win10XPE Flat in very small VHD

 

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Posted 3 days ago

wonderful handy graphics! attaboy wimb!

ps.: do u remember me telling u that a minimum of one gig could be too much for vhd size?

better late than never.


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Posted 3 days ago

@ wimb

 

All working fine, for detailed info of the test please see this post.

 

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Posted 3 days ago

wonderful handy graphics! attaboy wimb!

ps.: do u remember me telling u that a minimum of one gig could be too much for vhd size?

better late than never.

 

Yes I do remember you asked me for other VHD Sizes. The 500 MB VHD is indeed useful.  :)







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