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Saturday, 06 December 2008 18:44

Detailed Windows 7 6956 VHD installation instructions emerge

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Have you illegally downloaded the leaked Windows 7 6956 build, which is a VHD instead of an installable ISO, and are now wondering how to install it? Amazingly, hours after the leak went online, detailed instructions are now available.

Well, let me first start by saying iTWire doesn’t condone any form of piracy, and doesn’t recommend you download anything illegal, ever.

Update: a new story on the VHD being successfully converted to an ISO is now on page 2!

I certainly haven’t downloaded the Windows 7 6956 build, a VHD file stolen by from Microsoft WinHEC conference currently being held in China. Reports say it is 1.8GB in size, and requires a bit of fiddling around to install, as we’ve seen online.

“Chinese hackers” are said to be figuring out how to get the VHD into an ISO, with the words “Chinese hacker” worrying me due to the ability to install rootkits, malware or other crimeware into the system if they wanted to.

On top of that, the official Windows 7 beta is due on January 13, according to a Microsoft blog, and as I’m a very happy user of the Windows 7 pre-beta with the Blue Badge tool unlocking the hidden features, there’s no particular rush, even though it certainly would be nice to see Microsoft’s latest and greatest before we’re actually meant to.

Only hours ago, I wrote an article called “Windows 7 build 6956 leaks to web as a VHD".

Well, we live in an instant, Internet connected world, and while those “Chinese Hackers” don’t seem to have been able to craft an ISO for people to download, it should come as no surprise that detailed instructions have emerged on “How to Upgrade Install to Windows 7 Build 6956 with VHD Image in Clean State”.

These instructions come from the MyDigitalLife website, which offers two different methods of installation along with troubleshooting instructions.

More info (including the new 6956 ISO) on page 2, please read on!


Read the original article for all the exact details, but the site gives its own “breakdown” of what needs to be done.

This breakdown is as follows:

“There are plenty of methods to install Windows 7 build 6956 into your PC, but the concept is essentially the same: User will need to copy the Windows 7 system files from the VHD to a partition that he or she wants the Windows 7 build 6956 to run, and then make sure the boot sector is OK, and if required, to reset the Windows 7 to clean original state.

“Thus the steps detailed below is just for a guide, and the actual implementation may vary according to your own need, or the tool that you have.

“All methods below is for ‘upgrade installing’ (not exactly upgrade, as existing data will be lost) existing partition with Windows 7 build 6801 to build 6956, but it may also works for new partition, harddisk or machine.”

As I noted above, the original article is where you’ll find the two detailed methods for dedicated Windows 7 fans desperate or simply determined to make it work.

No doubt even more instructions and debate will emerge over the next few days, but I’m personally going to wait for the official beta version instead.

It’s not far away, and will theoretically be an even newer build than 6956 by that time, and won’t require anywhere near as much fiddling around. Instead it’ll be a simple legal ISO download and a straightforward installation.

Steve Ballmer is also said to be ready to do his monkey dance (or is that a money dance?) at the pre-CES keynote long delivered by Bill Gates, but now in Ballmer’s hands.

He’s supposed to be demonstrating the official Windows 7 beta to the world, and it’s safe to say anyone interested in operating systems is keen to see what surprises Ballmer pulls out of the hat – new features not yet seen in any build, or things we simply didn’t know.

If it’s just a repeat of what was seen at the PDC, but instead in front of a “wider audience”, that will be very boring.

So, whether you’re a fan of Steve Ballmer or want to throw chairs around just thinking about him, let’s hope he puts on a good show.

In the meantime, if you’re dead keen to try Windows 7 6956 on for size, at least some instructions are now available.

Update: Here's the link to my new "Windows 7 6956 VHD converted to ISO already!" story.



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