VHD File Type

- The quick facts

What are VHD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a VHD file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a VHD file?

VHD files have multiple uses, and Virtual PC Virtual HD image is one of them.

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 3 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
WinZipWinZipVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified

Last updated: June 29, 2022

More file formats using the VHD extension

Through our research of VHD files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Xilinx IP Core Source

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