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Windows 7: Resizing Partition to install dual boot

11 Sep 2010   #1
CumbrianJohn

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 
Resizing Partition to install dual boot

Hi, Wonder if someone can help

I'm wanting to install Win7 as a dual boot alongside my existing XP set up and have been trying to follow the excellent guide at Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

But I'm stuck at resizing the existing partition as described at Partition or Volume - Shrink

I get as far as the command prompt and selecting the drive, but as soon as I type "shrink querymax" or "shrink desired=15360" or even just "shrink" I get the message

"Diskpart has encountered an error: This service cannot be started in safe mode"

Now I can't see any way of getting a command prompt WITHOUT starting in safe mode ... am I missing something?

Grateful for any suggestions - or would it be simpler to use a third party partition manager?

Many thanks
John


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11 Sep 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You might need to use a 3rd party program like Partition Wizard Bootable Disc

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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11 Sep 2010   #3
CumbrianJohn

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 

Suspected as much! Thanks for the helpful link DocBrown, I'll give that a go.
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12 Sep 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello CumbrianJohn, welcome to Seven Forums!






This one would probably be more useful for your situation, have a good look at this tutorial at the link below.


Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD
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12 Sep 2010   #5
CumbrianJohn

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 

Thanks for the welcome Bare Foot Kid!

And also thanks for the heads up - that looks to be a useful utility to have available anyway

Many thanks

John
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12 Sep 2010   #6
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I agree. Partition Wizard is a very good program. On their website they have lots of tutorials on their product.

Jim
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12 Sep 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I agree. Partition Wizard is a very good program. On their website they have lots of tutorials on their product.

Jim



What, you don't like my tutorials?




Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
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12 Sep 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CumbrianJohn View Post
Thanks for the welcome Bare Foot Kid!

And also thanks for the heads up - that looks to be a useful utility to have available anyway

Many thanks

John




Hello John.



It is a very easy procedure, I've also posted the other tutorials I've done on PW above this post, mine cover just about everything to do with PW.
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13 Sep 2010   #9
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I agree. Partition Wizard is a very good program. On their website they have lots of tutorials on their product.

Jim



What, you don't like my tutorials?




Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
No they kind of suck.

Just KIDDING.

I had used PW before I found your tutorials and just used the infor from their website. Haven't needed it in quite a while. Its an easy program to use once you learn the basics.

Jim
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