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Windows 7: Two installs on windows 7 pro on diff partitions of same drive

28 Nov 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Note that even though Ray did not get a Dual Boot menu after installing the second Pro on its partition, the install did leave the System boot files on the original Win7 partition (now labeled D when booted into the new Win7).

This means that if you want to delete the OS marked System you must first mark the remaining OS Active, run Startup Repair 3 separate times with reboots to write the System boot files to the desired partition.

It is strange that it didn't configure the Dual Boot Menu. Maybe MS is trying to keep from having two copies of the same OS installed on the same HD this way?


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28 Nov 2011   #12
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Note that even though Ray did not get a Dual Boot menu after installing the second Pro on its partition, the install did leave the System boot files on the original Win7 partition (now labeled D when booted into the new Win7).

This means that if you want to delete the OS marked System you must first mark the remaining OS Active, run Startup Repair 3 separate times with reboots to write the System boot files to the desired partition.

It is strange that it didn't configure the Dual Boot Menu. Maybe MS is trying to keep from having two copies of the same OS installed on the same HD this way?
You're probably right, but it seems rather self-defeating on Microsoft's part.

It is the same operating system after all. It's on the same computer and at the end of the day only one operating system can be physically used at any one time in this configuration.
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28 Nov 2011   #13
theog

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Hi Shawn
Worked with 100mb System Reserved.

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Ray.


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29 Nov 2011   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ray,

I'm not sure why it doesn't create a boot entry for your 2nd install automatically, but it does for me using the same setup you described. This is how it has always been for me. I created a VM to test this in. I first booted to a command prompt at boot to create and format the HDD so as not to install on a unallocated space and to not have the 100MB System Reserved partition. I installed Windows 7 HP SP1 32-bit, created a new partition, then installed it again on the 2nd partition. It created the boot entry for me automatically.

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29 Nov 2011   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Hi Shawn

I did CLEAN, than made 3 partitions & quick format in Drive Options. May be a Win XP leftover.

Ray.
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29 Nov 2011   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, ok. XP does tend to throw a monkey wrench in there.
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