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Windows 7: New install help

14 Dec 2010   #1
james cullen

Win pro 64bit
 
 
New install help

Hello All,

This is my first post in this fantastic forum, what a wealth of info.

I have some questions in regard to installing Win 7 on a new drive inside my current machine which also has Win 7 on another drive, then I wish to delete my original Win 7.

I have looked at the sticky posts above but not quite sure what to do, or which ones apply to my problem.

I am looking at installing a OCZ RevoDrive x2 240GB PCIe in my machine, installing win 7 on it and using as my default OS. I would like to get the OS up and running well on the new drive and after a time when I think things are running well, delete the original OS.

I don't want to just clone the original OS to new drive but a clean install.

Can this be done, and if so is there somewhere on the site where I could look for direction?

Thanks for your help in advance


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14 Dec 2010   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello and welcome.
I would disconnect the cable on the old drive, and restart the computer.
Go into the bios and make your boot device the CD/DVD burner.
Restart the computer and install the OS.

After installation, you may have to reset the bios to boot from the HDD.
Try it out and let us know your progress.
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14 Dec 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello james cullen, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this information at the link below.


information   Information

The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.


Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.
  • Asus - F8
  • HP/Compaq - Esc
  • Sony - F2
  • Acer - F12
  • Gateway - F10
  • eMachnes - F10
  • Toshiba - F12
  • Dell - F12
  • IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
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14 Dec 2010   #4
james cullen

Win pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks so much guys, that's the info I need.

One question though. In the info BFK provided.

"Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started."

How do I use the one-time boot menu? Is this in bios and accessed during start up by tapping hot key?

Thanks for your help


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14 Dec 2010   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Using BFK's method, when windows goes through the boot process, a screen will appear and you will see the OS twice. You'll have 30 seconds to select the newer or older OS. If you do nothing the newer OS will be picked automatically.

To speed up the boot process and perhaps change the boot OS.
Right click on my computer.
Select Properties.
Select Advanced system settings.
Select Advanced, Startup and Recovery, Settings.
Choose the Default operating system from the drop down tab.
Change the Time to display list of operating systems, to 3 to 5 five seconds.
Press OK twice.

Regards
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14 Dec 2010   #6
james cullen

Win pro 64bit
 
 

Ok, thanks, I may now be able to stumble through.

Thank you both for your help.

Cheers
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14 Dec 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
information   Information

Acer - F2
Looks like you're using an older version of the BIOS Boot Menu keys I was posting. I have since edited it to include the correct Acer Fkey with is F12.

Here is the more up to date version:

Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
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14 Dec 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Using BFK's method, when windows goes through the boot process, a screen will appear and you will see the OS twice. You'll have 30 seconds to select the newer or older OS. If you do nothing the newer OS will be picked automatically.

To speed up the boot process and perhaps change the boot OS.
Right click on my computer.
Select Properties.
Select Advanced system settings.
Select Advanced, Startup and Recovery, Settings.
Choose the Default operating system from the drop down tab.
Change the Time to display list of operating systems, to 3 to 5 five seconds.
Press OK twice.

Regards
No, everything you describe is the Windows managed dual boot.

What I posted you will get a BIOS one-time boot menu particular to your motherboard, like for my ASUS board I tap the F8 hot-key at system startup to get to this one-time boot menu, the HDD I have set as default will auto-boot if I don't access this menu during PC startup to select another HDD/CD/DVD drive.

Thanks Greg, I'll correct that.
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14 Dec 2010   #9
james cullen

Win pro 64bit
 
 

thanks BFK
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14 Dec 2010   #10
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

BFK
You're right.
I was in the Dual boot world.

Thanks
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