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Windows 7: Dual boot boot.ini file

31 Aug 2009   #1
FyrmnJ

Dual Booting Windows Vista32 bit And Windows 7 Home premium (x64) (build 7600)
 
 
Dual boot boot.ini file

I am currently successfully dual booting Vista and Win7 RC 7100. My question is in anticipation of dual booting the final version of Win7 when it comes out, and Vista. Because the Win7 boot file is different from the boot file of previous versions of windows, is it STILL MANDATORY to install the OLDER version of windows FIRST (VISTA) and then Windows7?

FyrmnJ in philly


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31 Aug 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

no, it's not mandatory to install in any order these days because nice tools exist to fix the boot manager in any way you like.

btw, Windows Vista or 7 does not use boot.ini. boot.ini is from pre-Vista days
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31 Aug 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FyrmnJ View Post
I am currently successfully dual booting Vista and Win7 RC 7100. My question is in anticipation of dual booting the final version of Win7 when it comes out, and Vista. Because the Win7 boot file is different from the boot file of previous versions of windows, is it STILL MANDATORY to install the OLDER version of windows FIRST (VISTA) and then Windows7?

FyrmnJ in philly
Assuming you want to keep the vista, and dual boot with RTM you could either do an upgrade to the win 7 (not recommended) or a clean win 7 install with using bcdedit to edit the boot loader and menu. This assumes you purchased a full reatil version of win 7 and not the "upgrade" version

Hope this helps

Ken
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