Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How To Setup Dual-Boot on Acer Aspire

03 Nov 2012   #1
airywind

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How To Setup Dual-Boot on Acer Aspire

Hi!
I have an Acer Aspire Laptop which has Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed. The HDD is 320Gig and there is only one Drive (C:\ of 285GB size) which has about 150GB free space remaining. Now I want to create a partition and have a dual-boot without disturbing the existing Win 7 and its user configurations. Is there any way I can create a partition to install another OS or is formatting the Hard-drive and starting afresh the only option? Pls Help!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
03 Nov 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Airywind, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing the full layout of your HDD. This way we will be able to give you the proper advice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #3
airywind

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks a lot!!
This is how the Disk Management screen looks :

-diskmgmt-screenshot.jpg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

03 Nov 2012   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You want to dual boot with win8, vista,linux or ......?

First step is to make C a little bit smaller so shrink it. Shrink it for example with 100GB so there will be 100GB unallocated space afterwards. Size depends on how large you want the other OS to be. Shrinking can be done in disk management. Just right click on C and do "shrink volume". If you can't shrink it enough, defragment C first.

Post results
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Airywind,

As Ron posted above, you want to shrink your C: drive by how much you want for the other OS to create unallocated space.
Partition or Volume - Shrink
Next, just create a new simple volume with the "unallocated" space to format it. It will be a logical partition afterwards since you already have 3 primary partitions.
Partition or Volume - Create New
Afterwards, just boot from the installation media of the other OS, and select the new partition to install it to. How this is done will depend heavily on what OS you are installing though, so please post back with what OS you are wanting to install for a dual boot first. This way we can help make sure it will go trouble free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Airywind,
Next, just create a new simple volume with the "unallocated" space to format it. It will be a logical partition afterwards since you already have 3 primary partitions.
Partition or Volume - Create New
Hi Brink. As far as I know win7 makes the physical disk "dynamic" of you make a 5th partition.
He is making the fourth partition.. it should make it primary... are you sure win7 does it as you told?

update: You are right!! Sorry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If the 4th partition is created from Airywind's 3rd partition, then Disk Management will only make it a logical partition by default.

If he already had 4 primary partitions, then he would have to use a different method with Partition Wizard to create a new logical partition without converting the disk to dynamic instead.

Yeah, you don't want to convert the disk to dynamic.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If the 4th partition is created from Airywind's 3rd partition, then Disk Management will only make it a logical partition by default.

If he already had 4 primary partitions, then he would have to use a different method with Partition Wizard to create a new logical partition without converting the disk to dynamic instead.

Yeah, you don't want to convert the disk to dynamic.
Sorry, I did remember I was wrong already. Updated my post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No problem mate.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2012   #10
airywind

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank U all for the replies n wonderful support. As suggested, I did perform the 'shrink' on Drive C: and the maximum free space I could get was only 90GB. So I started with the next step. I wanted to install the Windows Server 2003 on the new partition first because I have a licensed copy and then upgrade to Server 2008 later on. But now I have another problem as the Server 2003 OS is not getting installed. I tried to install by booting from the CD but every-time I end up with a BSOD giving error code 0x0000007B with a message 'Inaccessible Boot Device'.
So now I have the partition created and I have the Installation disk for Server 2003 OS but I'm unable to install it. I read in one forum that 'since server 2003 is an older OS, the installation cannot happen'. However, I'm installing it on an entirely different new partition so I don't understand why it is not possible to install..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How To Setup Dual-Boot on Acer Aspire




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Acer Aspire Stuck on setup is starting services
So one evening my laptop randomly restarted itself and upon logging back in I found that I could not run almost any of my programs (.exe files). I tried checking for anything unusual in the registry but found nothing. In task manager when I clicked a program or attempted to run it in various...
Hardware & Devices
Dual boot Acer Aspire 4752G
Hi, I am planning to help a friend who had an issue with her laptop an Acer Aspire 4752G. I recently had to use the Acer eRecovery Management because her unit went berserk and could not boot after a visitor had inserted a usb stick. Well it's all okay now and have recovered a default factory...
Installation & Setup
Acer Aspire One Happy Android Dual-boot
When I turn on my acer aspire one, it first boots on Android. Android was its main operating system. In Android, there is a button to switch to Windows. I rarely use Android and I wanted to make Windows to be booted first. I saw this option in 'msconfig' and I changed it. It worked! Now, whenever I...
Installation & Setup
Acer Aspire 4553 won't boot up
I need your help people! I have a practically brand new ACER ASPIRE 4553 (1 month old, max) and I was experiencing some reboot failures and also having problems turning the computer on, how's that? Well, for example when rebooting the computer it did not turn back on (kept a black screen, no...
Hardware & Devices
Acer Aspire 6920G and 5.1 Speakers Setup
I have an Acer Aspire 6920G Laptop and I want to connect some Creative 5700 5.1 Speakers to it, what is the best way to do this. I have tried connecting the Inspire 5.1 decoder using a din cable and then into the laptop (via the headphone/spdif/line out socket), but I get no sound. I have been into...
Sound & Audio
Acer Aspire 3050 with dual core? Or better?
I read on another forum that I could upgrade the CPU in my Acer aspire 3050 to a Turion X2 TL-50 or 52. Here's my current CPU: http://imgur.com/1Stl1.png I know how to replace my processor I'm just wondering what my other options are (If any.) Any possibility of a quad-core? :rolleyes:
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:51.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App