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  • Hello,

    I want to test Windows 7 on the same machine I have Vista 64-bit Home Premium. I do not want to replace Vista. If I create a 25 GB partition, how do I install Windows 7 properly without affecting my Vista partition? Being a recent convert to Vista, I do not want to assume anything just because I know it with XP. If anyone has some information on this, I would appreciate you sharing it.

    Thank You, George Evans

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:38 PM

Answers

  • From within Vista, format the drive Win7 is on (or delete that partition and create an new). What remains, is to set the multi-boot manager back to single-boot, either by using EasyBCD (free software) or by deleting the Win7 entry in Vista's msconfig (command line). Should you have own data on the Win7 partition, save them first on another partition.
    Mob. AMD64 3000+, 1 G RAM, Mob. ATIRadeon9700, 20x DVDRW, C:XPSP3 (55G),D:WIN7 (25G),F:DATA (250G)
    • Proposed as answer by Sanmartin Friday, May 15, 2009 8:57 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nick FV Friday, June 19, 2009 11:39 PM
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:16 AM

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  • Have a look at this: http://www.winuser.co.uk/windows_vista_faq/32_install_windows_vista.html. It's about to install Vista but in general it's pretty much the same steps in a Win7 install. Start with creating a 25 GB primary partition in XP (format it and assign a drive letter), put in the Win7 DVD and follow the step-by-step guide.
    If you want to dual-boot, you can forget steps 1-3. After creating the partition, just put in the DVD, open it and choose "setup" (I prefer having the "autoplay" option always disabled, for better control.) 
    Mob. AMD64 3000+, 1 G RAM, Mob. ATIRadeon9700, 20x DVDRW, C:XPSP3 (55G),D:WIN7 (25G),F:DATA (250G)
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 9:49 PM
  • But how about uninstalling the Dual Boot with Windows 7 RC when and if I want to?
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:30 AM
  • From within Vista, format the drive Win7 is on (or delete that partition and create an new). What remains, is to set the multi-boot manager back to single-boot, either by using EasyBCD (free software) or by deleting the Win7 entry in Vista's msconfig (command line). Should you have own data on the Win7 partition, save them first on another partition.
    Mob. AMD64 3000+, 1 G RAM, Mob. ATIRadeon9700, 20x DVDRW, C:XPSP3 (55G),D:WIN7 (25G),F:DATA (250G)
    • Proposed as answer by Sanmartin Friday, May 15, 2009 8:57 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nick FV Friday, June 19, 2009 11:39 PM
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:16 AM
  • Thanks
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:19 PM