How-To: Install Windows 7 RC as a Dual Boot, Over Vista, or From Scratch

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shdwdragon7

Yes you can, I'm set up to triple boot right now.  I have two OS's on one HDD and Win7 on another.  Win7 renames the drive's but all the data is still there.  I was able to easly take my COD4 profile from my "old" C: drive and drop it into my Win7 C: drive/game file.

When you boot to another OS everything is back to "normal".

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Vegan

I wish you could dual boot this on an XP machine. I'm not willing to make a beta my sole OS, especially when I still play a lot of old PC games.

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Keith E. Whisman

This is the Release Candidate. You can call this what you want. It's extremely late Beta. It's the Release Candidate. This is the version that will probably be packaged and placed on Store Shelves so I wouldn't call it a Beta. It's more of a final shake down cruise. To work out all the kinks and that should be very few kinks at this stage.

Now it's time for Hardware and Software companies to work with the near final version of the OS to optimize the drivers for performance and reliability. For everyone to get a feel for the OS so everyone will have a chance at being ready when Windows is released.

This has easily been the most pleasant Beta test and RC test I have ever experienced and the RC is excellent.

Live Long and Prosper.

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shdwdragon7

There's no need to worry, I'm running Linux, XP, and Win7 on one PC.  Just put it on another partion or HDD (DO NOT FORMAT)

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Justin.Kerr

As mentioned in the article, just pick a secondary drive / or partition. And Windows 7 will automatically setup a boot manager for you so that you can pick from XP or 7 each time you launch. If you're ever reinstalling from scratch however, always make sure you install XP first, then Windows 7. If you're looking to do a multi boot setup, always start by installing the oldest OS first.

Enjoy!

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r7mr7m

Let me just preface this by saying, I have been an avid PC enthusiast and professional systems/network admin for at least 12 years and have been dual/tri booting on several PCs since before Windows 2000 was released.

 

I was running Vista 64 Ultimate and I installed Winodws 7 64-bit early this morning on a separate partition on the same drive. There was nothing automatic about the boot manager.  It did not even show that I had a Vista install in msconfig's boot tab once Windows 7 loaded.

I had to boot to my Vista 64 DVD and select repair. It only listed my Windows 7 install as available to repair but said it found problems and to reboot. Upon rebooting, I was able to select my Vista 64 (repaired) as an option and was able to boot into it successfully.

Hopefully, this helps someone if they experience the same problems.

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mpcrsc562

what happens when the rc trial period is over? since win 7 changes the boot loader do i have an unusuable entry on my boot screen when the trial is over? and thus, will necessitate that i have to install a program to vista to reset the bootloader? that is the only thing that is preventing me from actually installing it thus far. i am using it though, just virtualized, but i want to get the full effect of running the os on "real" hardware--i just don't want to have to go through a whole lot of rigamarole with vista after the rc trial is over and done with.

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Justin.Kerr

When you want to disable the boot loader, simply go back to your old OS (Vista, or XP) and click start, then run, and finally type:

msconfig

From the popup window select the boot tab, and delete the old OS entry.

Now you can just manually delete the windows 7 files on the secondary drive / partion, or format the other volume.

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germainiac

Say you want to disable boot loader BUT keep only Win 7 (and LOSE older system and partition).  Can this be done?

Also, say you still have both partitions and boot loader, and you want to back them up with the possibility of restoring both systems AND boot loader.  Is this possible with Win 7's backup utility?  What about doing it from Acronis True Image 10 or Acronis True Image Home 2009?

Thanks,

--Germainiac

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Odaecom

Hey thanks, I had installed the beta and got to busy and forgot to activate it, and now its black screened. Doh!

 

"I'm not sick, but I'm not well"

http://Odaecom.com

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mpcrsc562

thanks. i'm going to put my vm on hold and install win 7 later today.

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Keith E. Whisman

Or if you purchase Win7 and it's the same build as RC Build 7100 then all you have to do is use your license key to re-enable you OS. 

But yeah that is the way it's done.

I actually prefer Windows Vista bootloader to Linux. I like the simplistic listing at bootup. No need for any special screens with pictures I just want to choose my os and boot up and Vista Boot Loader does that with ease. 

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