I tried out @David_Rasch’s excellent guide to installing the Windows-only Framework BIOS updater for Linux users here:
And inspired by this success, I tried to run the WD Dashboard software to update the firmware in my WD SN850 SSD I have installed.
Unfortunately WD Dashboard doesn’t run this way. It cannot run by command line, it needs to install to a GUI and since the Windows installer doesn’t have this type of environment, it errors out with a “this version of Windows is not supported” error.
I previously ran it in a Windows To Go drive, but WTG is so limiting. The entire drive gets taken up and can’t be used for other things. Also WTG can only be written by Windows, and a fast Windows PC at that. I won’t have this very soon once I sell my old laptop.
I have Windows 10 in a VM but it’s misconfigured and can’t access USB.
I would much rather have Windows run off a Ventoy drive so I could also use it for Linux installs.
HEY WAIT! You can! You can install a Windows VM .VHD into Ventoy!
I converted my VM’s .VDI file into a .VHD file very easily:
and followed the instructions.
It functions as a full Windows install on my Framework, doesn’t alter my Linux install on my SSD and lets me do all the other things you can do with Ventoy like add other Linux install environments.