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What are VHD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a VHD file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your VHD files.

What is a VHD file?

VHD files have multiple uses, and Virtual PC Virtual HD image is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Virtual PC Virtual HD image

VHD is an acronym for Virtual Hard Disk. Files that have the .vhd file extension contain disk images that are used by the Windows Virtual PC. A Virtual PC is a "Software PC". When your PC runs, you can start Windows Virtual PC and run another instance of Windows inside that "Virtual PC" - the same as having two different PCs running.

The VHD file contains an operating system, e.g. Windows, and all apps and data files you have installed inside the virtual PC.

VHD files are commonly used to install multiple operating systems on a single hard drive and to test various software applications.

How to open VHD files

We have identified five VHD openers that are compatible with this specific type of VHD file.

Programs that open Virtual PC Virtual HD image files

Windows Virtual PCWindows Virtual PCVerified
Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Citrix XenCenterCitrix XenCenterVerified

Last updated: February 24, 2023

All known file formats using extension .VHD

While Virtual PC Virtual HD image is a popular type of VHD-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .VHD file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Xilinx IP Core Source

We know that one VHD format is Xilinx IP Core Source. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

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