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Create Windows 11 Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX) at Boot to Native Boot

Native Boot allows you to create a virtual hard disk (VHDX), install Windows to it, and then boot it up, either on your PC side-by-side with your existing installation, or on a new device.

A native-boot VHDX can be used as the running operating system on designated hardware without any other parent operating system. This differs from a scenario where a VHDX is connected to a virtual machine on a computer that has a parent operating system.

Native boot for Windows 11 requires the .vhdx format, not the .vhd format.

VHDXs can be applied to PCs or devices that have no other installations of Windows, without a virtual machine or hypervisor. (A hypervisor is a layer of software under the operating system that runs virtual computers.) This enables greater flexibility in workload distribution because a single set of tools can be used to manage images for virtual machines and designated hardware.

This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows 11 Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX) file at boot and natively boot it to dual boot with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise editions.

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Dual Boot Windows 11 with Windows 10

Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.

If you already have Windows 10 installed and want to keep it, you can install Windows 11 on another partition or disk to dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to dual boot Windows 11 with Windows 10 on the same PC.

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How to Remove and Uninstall Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 from Dual Boot PC

If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, you will see a Choose an operation system (Windows Boot Manager) screen at startup with the name (description) of each installed OS (boot loader entry) listed on the boot options menu.

This tutorial will show you how to remove and uninstall Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 from a dual boot computer with another Windows operating system installed.

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