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Windows 7: Multiple Boot System

16 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 
Multiple Boot System

I was originally considering a triple-boot of XP Pro SP3 (32-bit), Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) and Windows 7 (64-bit). However, my copy of XP is an upgrade copy, and I can't (at the moment) locate my Win 98SE disk so that I can clean install XP. In addition, I haven't any drivers downloaded for XP. In the light of this, and for the reason that I was intending to install XP was so that I could run programs that can only install on a 32-bit system (i.e. have 16-bit installation routines), my question is as follows: As well as the 64-bit version of Vista Ultimate SP1, I have the 32-bit version of it (comes in the same package). This is also the SP1 version. I know that all the disks contain all versions of Vista, so I can install any variant. I also have an older copy of Vista Home Premium 32-bit (all my versions are upgrade versions - more hassle to install, but much, much easier on the pocket) that does not have SP1 integrated. What I want to know is this: Can I install the 32-bit version of Vista from the disk with SP1 pre-integrated (I know that I will have to select Home Premium)and use the product key that came with my copy of Home Premium?

Same post submitted to Vista Forums for greater coverage/response.

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16 Jan 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, I believe you should be able to install the 32-bit SP1 Home Premium from your 32-bit Ultimate installation DVD using your separate non-SP1 Home Premium product key number.
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17 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Thanks, Shawn. It will be worth a try. If it doesn't work, I'll just have to resort to the original disk and install SP1 manually (I already have this on a CD, together with Office 2007 SP1), so it's really a bit of a time-saving issue.
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17 Jan 2009   #4

 
 

Whereas I just dual-booted XP/ Vista on my old PC yesterday and had to update every bloody thing... not a time saver
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17 Jan 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No problem Dwarf. Let us know how it turns out.
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17 Jan 2009   #6

 

Should work fine, I never use any of my un-service packed orginal media.
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17 Jan 2009   #7

 

So, you're saying you only use serviced discs?

Or that you only service used discs?

Seriously - Smarty, it'll work - been there done that. As long as it is the same type (ultimate retail key for ultimate retail, etc) you're golden.
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17 Jan 2009   #8

 
 

I got it going alright mate, it was just the check for updates/download/install/repeat that took a lot of time.

(I even have SP1 on disc around somewhere, but do you think I could find it? I'm really going to have to look into this slip-streaming.... )
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17 Jan 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I got it going alright mate, it was just the check for updates/download/install/repeat that took a lot of time.

(I even have SP1 on disc around somewhere, but do you think I could find it? I'm really going to have to look into this slip-streaming.... )

Hello SE.

This is first on my agenda when the 'final' Vista SP2 is released. Brink has a tutorial on it over at Vista Forums.




Later Ted
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17 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

What are your suggestions/recommendations on how the HDD should be partitioned for the 3 OSes. I was thinking ~150GB for Vista Home Premium 32-bit, ~350GB for Vista Ultimate 64-bit (both SP1) and ~500GB for Windows 7. Does this sound reasonable to you?
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