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Windows 7: Running Windows 7 From USB

09 Mar 2012   #11
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

Kaktussoft - Just two question. Wouldn't it be easier to make a VHD (If this is the correct term for it)? If not then everytime I go to turn on my computer I guess I have to answer that question then right?


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09 Mar 2012   #12
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955 View Post
Kaktussoft - Just two question. Wouldn't it be easier to make a VHD (If this is the correct term for it)? If not then everytime I go to turn on my computer I guess I have to answer that question then right?
Every time you switch on computer you have to answer which OS to start. You can modify timeout from 30sec to 2 secs. After that timeout the default OS boots.

You can:
  • modify bootmenu timeout value
  • modify default boot entry
  • modify the name in the boot menu
VHD isn't the way to go!! It doesn't work in win7 home premium and configuring / booting from vhd is difficult. You will have a bootmenu anyways
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09 Mar 2012   #13
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, it is possible.

It is quite complicated - you need to install windows 7 onto a vhd which goes onto the usb stick.

To allow windows 7 to boot from usb, you need to make a couple of registry changes.

Lots of advanced enthusiasts have been doing it - but it is not something the average user - or even the above average user would be able to do.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955 View Post
I know this is a strange request, but there is a program I use somewhat, but when I install it onto my computer is cause some problems as I have posted here and to the manufactor as well, but no one has the answer for me. So I was thinking, is there away to insert my USB drive into the port, tell the BOIS to book from USB (which my computer can do), and run windowns from it. Then install my program onto the USB and everytime I what to run this one program, it will run from the USB and not my computer?
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09 Mar 2012   #14
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

When I make this new partation and get windows setup, do I need to reload in all the DELL Drivers? O by the way, I'm using Windows 7 Pro, not home. Just FYI.
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09 Mar 2012   #15
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955 View Post
When I make this new partation and get windows setup, do I need to reload in all the DELL Drivers? O by the way, I'm using Windows 7 Pro, not home. Just FYI.
of course.
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09 Mar 2012   #16
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

Kaktussoft - Okay, let me tell you where I'm at in this process. I figure I would have to add in all the device drivers, so I did that. With that being said you guess I'm up to the point now where I need to change the boot order. The system boots up the new system first, which I don't want. Tell me what you need for me to take a picture of and I'll send it so you can tell me what the command line is. Thanks.
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09 Mar 2012   #17
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

Nevermind I figured it out. Only had to type in misconfig and click on the boot tab and did it there. Now I'm off to load in the rest of the stuff. I might be coming across a problem later on down the road, but I'll let you know if I do.

Thanks Again.
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09 Mar 2012   #18
timlab1955

Windows Professional 64bit
 
 

Kaktussoft and Others: I got the Dual Boot done and up and running. Now I don't have to worry about restoreing the computer after watching a movie or something. Again, thank you all for all your help.
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10 Mar 2012   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you had or have a problem with running a program in Windows 7, how did making a dual boot set up solve it ? Unless I`m reading you wrong.
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10 Mar 2012   #20
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955 View Post
Kaktussoft and Others: I got the Dual Boot done and up and running. Now I don't have to worry about restoreing the computer after watching a movie or something. Again, thank you all for all your help.
Glad you made it!

But what are the names in the bootmenu?
Are both called "Windows 7"? Or is it easy for anyone to see what is what
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