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Windows 7: Vista / Win 7 RC Dual Boot Upgrade Question

25 Aug 2009   #1

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Vista / Win 7 RC Dual Boot Upgrade Question

I have installed Win 7 RC in a dual boot with my existing Vista installation. I now want to replace my Vista with RTM. Any advice?

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25 Aug 2009   #2

 

There are several ways to do this.
1. while booted into Vista - insert the Win 7 DVD
2. options will show a. upgrade or b. custom install
b. custominstall allows you to clean install on the Vista partition
3. using b you will then have windows.old which you can access but not use
4. Another way.
5. FORMAT Partition with Vista.
6. that makes it 100% clean.
7. boot to the Windows 7 DVD and install - it will be a clean install and take about 20 to 25 min.

You can later upgrade the Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM when you get your disk.
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25 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

mvannie, welcome to the forums
Do you want to upgrade from Vista to RTM or just replace it (in which case you will have both RC and RTM installed)? In either case the process is not much different than when you installed RC the first time. I recommend you check this tutorial: Custom Install Windows 7
Experienced users recommend you do a clean install, it avoids headaches later.
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25 Aug 2009   #4

 
UPGRADE Option is GREAT

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc
Experienced users recommend you do a clean install, it avoids headaches later.
Not to start a fight but to avoid headaches later is BUNK. full of hot air.
why do I say this:
1. I started in Computer in 1983. long time ago.
2. I have beta tested every version of Windows starting with Win3.1.
I did miss DOS, and Windows and windows 3.
3. I have also been one of the UPGRADE and YES it works.
4. I started with Windows 7 7000, health reasons i did miss some versions.
5. I upgraded every version from 7000 to 7600 (RTM).
It does take time to upgrade, that is 100% guaranteed. The experienced operator (with common sense) can enjoy HaSSLE FREE.
Many ppl do not want to loose any thing they currently have loaded. or installed. then UPGRADE, saves money also.
Actually if you clean your registery, with a very good cleaner, then defrag, I can upgrade faster than you can clean install and then install the other programs. on the average.
Each person should do what they feel is right,
CLEAN is NOT the only way to go. UPGRADE works SUPER FINE also.
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26 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the advice.

My goal is to have Win 7 RTM and RC both bootable for the time being. This is my work computer, and I have RC configured and functional for my day to day work. The VISTA partition was my daily work machine until I got RC confugured properly. I want to do the same thing with RTM. My concern is that I need to be able to have the system functional through the day, as I am installing RTM in my spare time, and it will take a while to get everything fully switched over. Once I am on RTM for a while, and certain that i have everything moved, I will want to delete the RCpartition and extend the RTM partition to the full drive.

As a further question, I have VISTA x86 and Win 7 RC x64. Is the upgrade option even available to me from the Vista to go x64 with RTM?
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26 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
Each person should do what they feel is right,
CLEAN is NOT the only way to go. UPGRADE works SUPER FINE also.
Well, not all experienced users recommend it. Very valid points.
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26 Aug 2009   #7

 
 

thanks for this information
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26 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

mvannie, you cannot upgrade from Vista x86 to Windows 7 x64. You will have to migrate your files / data, as you apparently did with the RC.
Here the link to the Upgrade Tutorial, for your reference only. It explains in detail what can and can't be done
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
and the Clean Install:
Clean Install Windows 7

Let's us know if it works or if we can help further
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26 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Folowup question, if I reformat the VISTA partition when installing, will it keep my dual boot intact?

Following the "Clean Install" instructions, when I get to the choice of partitions, I can choose my Windows 7 RC, or VISTA. Since VISTA is physically first on the disk, it has the boot settings, correct? Will this be lost?
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26 Aug 2009   #10

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mvannie View Post
Folowup question, if I reformat the VISTA partition when installing, will it keep my dual boot intact?

Following the "Clean Install" instructions, when I get to the choice of partitions, I can choose my Windows 7 RC, or VISTA. Since VISTA is physically first on the disk, it has the boot settings, correct? Will this be lost?
MV

Hi

1-when you format vista its gone. at that point you wont have a dual boot, only a win 7 rc partition.
2- you can choose whatever parttiton you want but I think you already chose the vista partition.
3-vista is first on the disk you will lose the boot setting but there is a built in editor called BCDedit that you can use to modify after the rtm install.

Let us know if you have any more questions

Ken
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