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17 May 2009   #1

Help on Windows 7

I don't know what I'm missing out,but I have downloaded the windows 7 RC1 from the official website,albeit on a low broadband 2 taking ages. I downloaded to my Documents and put the file in a Download. I used my Toshiba cd/dvd creater and burned the download onto TDK ,dvd-rw which said was successful.

I have a external harddrive [D] too. I tried to install on my vista laptop using F12 etc and used cd/dvd--but failed to install.

I had downloaded Paragon 10 to create another partion on my Vista but I need to buy it. I also downloaded a free iso recorder. But can't be sure it will work well and easily.

I have a HP tower xp with only 500mb ram but feel it would be too slow etc.

My dilema--is what is the best solution. I.m ONLY A AN ENTHUSIAST who has seen 3.1 etc, sinclair ,Amiga.

I'm not happy with internet explorer 8 on my vista either.

My files are backed up with norton on my D drive.

Can I use my D drive to get the Windows 7 stuff on and boot from that?

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17 May 2009   #2

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit

Try using IngBurn to do your iso image and burn at lowest speed, and you can create a partition with Vista disc management. Plus use a regular DVD to burn your image onto not an RW, which may help with your problem and set your system to boot from DVD rom to start install or if your going to dual boot you can start the install from within Vista. Good Luck
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17 May 2009   #3


I tried downloading ING but although a demo version, it froze up. My toshiba dvd creator shows the download as intact. The dvd I used was burned at 2 to 4 setting. So you can rule that one out.

So i'm totally lost. The file format download was iso. So where are Microsoft to put me right. I have windows vista Home Premium.

I think the instructions etc are very ,very poor.

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17 May 2009   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

At what point did the installation fail?

What kind of error message did you get?

You could use Vista Disk Management to shrink the Vista partition, create a 2nd one then install 7 onto the 2nd partition.

Disk Management - Delete and Extend - Vista Forums

Disk Management - Shrink Partition - Vista Forums

Install 7 from within Vista by using PowerIso - the free version will do the job.

Download from here - the unregistered version will be fine.

PowerISO - Create, Edit, Compress, Encrypt, Split, Mount, Extract ISO file, ISO/BIN converter, Virtual Drive

Select 1 virtual drive:

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Browse to the iso image and select it:

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Click Install:

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During the installation - you will get the choice which partition to install onto - make sure you choose the partition you have just created for it.

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17 May 2009   #5

Getting there but still need some direction

Thank you for your direction. I tried shrink my vista primary and see 66gb free space before. But I could not get to shrink. I'm the adminsterer too.

When I opened the Power Iso programme[trial one ]. I find it shows iso and dda files. and asks number of drives. I put disable. It then wants to shut down and restart.

I could open my Windows 7 download which shows Boot etc. I used open all files. But when it comes to UNDER BURN AND VIRTUAL DISK, UNDER MOUNT,

cAN YOU GIVE ME STEPS TO FOLLOW. The ones you referred me to don't follow.

I'm not sure if I start set up or what.

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17 May 2009   #6


Succeeded in adding new parition H my original C. I allowed 18gb for the Windows 7 .
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17 May 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi Ken ,

Maybe it is easier to use the right click menu with PowerIso.

Rt click on the .iso file, you will see Power iso listed - hover the mouse over it and another menu opens.

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Hover over "Set Number of Drives" - and click just left of "1Drive".

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Then Rt click the .iso again and select "Mount Image To Drive".

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Then click the Start orb , Computer and you will see a new CD Drive - Rt click that and select Install .

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21 May 2009   #8

Still to get there.

Many thanks for your information and guides of Power Iso. I managed to get the windows 7 image converted ,but had problems setting the right Drive to mount. I made another stupid mistake and Set my H volume to active but it had nothing on it. I set my bios for cd/dvd and rebooted. But there was no Boot manager to go to. So I reluctantly re installed and that has caused me not to be able to re install my ofice home student 2007.
Still to get that sorted as I had my previous 2003 settings all gone mising.

But I need to be more careful. I'm not sure if it would be worthwhile for me to get a Hard drive manager [Paragon, Acronis ?].

I found that my Norton 360 version 3 was also not acceptable for the windows 7 installation. I know I'm on the minimum end. I have an Hp all in one -that too is a worry. Also my wireless access.

But I do appreciate the help from guys like you.

So Power Iso definitely works fine. Sorry for late reply.
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