Quick Guide: Migrate a virtual machine from Virtual PC to Hyper-V

The Microsoft VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) image format is used by the following Microsoft virtualisation technologies: Virtual PC 2007, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V. There are however some subtleties when getting a VHD image from one of these technologies to work on another.

Quick Guide

This quick guide offers a no frills/get things done approach to migrating a virtual machine from Virtual PC to Hyper-V. There is also a detailed guide coming for those that want to know the why and not only the how.

Quick Steps

  1. Hyper-V Manager – Create a new Virtual Machine. Use an existing virtual hard disk and specify the location of the vhd file you want to use.
    New > Virtual Machine
  2. Virtual Machine – Uninstall the Virtual Machine Additions which are extensions specific to Virtual PC.
    Control Panel > Programs and Features > Virtual Machine Additions > Uninstall
  3. Reboot.
  4. Virtual Machine – Install Integration Services from the Action menu in the Virtual Machine Connection console.
    Insert Integration Services Setup Disk > Install (from AutoPlay)
  5. Reboot – updates will install.
  6. Virtual Machine – Without this step the mouse will not work within the virtual machine. Restart will result in the mouse working.
    Run > MSConfig > Boot tab > Advanced Options > Detect HAL
  7. Reboot – new hardware will be detected and mouse will work.

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