Believe it or not using a virtual hard drive to dual-boot Windows 10 Insider Preview is more flexible that running a virtual machine, because technically once you finish configuring the operating system there is not virtualization involve and Windows 10 will take full advantage of the hardware. Also, it’s a better option over installing the operating system on top your current installation, as it’s a pre-release version and it is buggy and features aren’t fully implemented. Now in this guide you’ll learn how to use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) to apply the Insider Preview image to a virtual hard drive, so you can then dual-boot with previous versions of the operating system, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to dual-boot Windows 10 using VHDX

Finally restart your PC and from the bootloader choose the Windows Insider Preview and the operating system will boot as if it was a new computer that is booting up for the first time. You’ll then need to complete the installation process as you would in a new PC. Where “E” is the drive letter you assigned to the new virtual hard drive. Once you’re in desktop, make sure to connect Windows online to get the latest updates and necessary drivers. If you’re using a Surface Pro 3, you may not be able to connect online due to the fact that the wireless drivers didn’t install during the setup process. Here you’ll have to get online and download the Surface Pro 3 drivers pack. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.