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Windows 7: WIN7 / Vista Home Premium dual boot - TRASHING ONE


20 Oct 2009   #1

Dual boot Win7 Home Premium and Vista Home Premium SP2
 
 
WIN7 / Vista Home Premium dual boot - TRASHING ONE

Hi

I have C Drive 250gb - Vista HP SP2 and, PARTIONED, also a W Drive 250gb - Windows 7 RC7100

Boot Manager list Windows 7 first, which is what I wanted and set via msconfig.

I think I am going to trash my Vista and install a clean Windows 7 on C drive.

I am thinking to do this:

1. From within Windows 7, go to msconfig and reset boot sequence to C Drive
2. Reboot. From within Vista, go to Disk Management and delete the W partition (and therefore Windows 7) and then to resize my C drive to full amount of C/W size (500GB)
3. From within Vista, load in Windows 7 DVD, go to My computer and set off setup.exe & do a clean install...or do I have to change boot sequence thru bios first and reboot to the DVD drive to do this?

I have all discs/drivers for my other applications and they are all working fine on my present Windows 7 drive

Or would I simply do an in-place upgrade?

I know I have to either purchase a new copy or an upgrade copy of Windows 7.

Is my thought process above corret?

Rgds
Rod

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20 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Installing over Vista would be easier, and you could use my tutorial (Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation) to do an restore from your Vista install.

~Lordbob
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20 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roddy View Post
Hi

I have C Drive 250gb - Vista HP SP2 and, PARTIONED, also a W Drive 250gb - Windows 7 RC7100

Boot Manager list Windows 7 first, which is what I wanted and set via msconfig.

I think I am going to trash my Vista and install a clean Windows 7 on C drive.

I am thinking to do this:

1. From within Windows 7, go to msconfig and reset boot sequence to C Drive
2. Reboot. From within Vista, go to Disk Management and delete the W partition (and therefore Windows 7) and then to resize my C drive to full amount of C/W size (500GB)
3. From within Vista, load in Windows 7 DVD, go to My computer and set off setup.exe & do a clean install...or do I have to change boot sequence thru bios first and reboot to the DVD drive to do this?

I have all discs/drivers for my other applications and they are all working fine on my present Windows 7 drive

Or would I simply do an in-place upgrade?

I know I have to either purchase a new copy or an upgrade copy of Windows 7.

Is my thought process above corret?

Rgds
Rod
I think the best way to do this is to boot from your 7 RC disk and delete the partitions before doing a clean install. Much more simpler. Just delete the partitions and go.

Snarks
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20 Oct 2009   #4

Dual boot Win7 Home Premium and Vista Home Premium SP2
 
 

Snarks, this is what I think I am trying to do...I am going to delete the W drive, resize the C drive to reclaim what was W drive and then install Windows 7 to the newly expanded C drive....

Lordbob...lemmie check your tutorial...I dont really understand your response....."installing over Vista..." that's what I intend to do....but a fresh, new install or an upgrade, THAT is the question!

Tks for responses guys!

Rod
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20 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roddy View Post
Lordbob...lemmie check your tutorial...I dont really understand your response....."installing over Vista..." that's what I intend to do....but a fresh, new install or an upgrade, THAT is the question!
Correct. This just simply installs Seven on the same partition as Vista. It will basically format the drive. However, you will have the Winodows.old folder, which will contain everything like user settings and programs. This can be restored from, or just deleted.

~Lordbob
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21 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

There are two options with the Windows 7 upgrade disk: do an in-place upgrade of Vista which reinstalls your programs, files and settings, or do a Custom clean install which overwrites it and puts your files in a windows.old folder for distribution.

You can also direct the Custom upgrade to another partition or HDD which you can pre-format for an even cleaner install.

MS has also allowed the activated RC to be used to start an Upgrade so you could boot into your D:RC and since it is marked active use Disk Management or Easeus to delete your C: drive, format it and Custom clean install Windows 7 upgrade to the C: drive. After copying your files over to C: for D:, mark C: active and delete D: You then have an Upgrade installed to formatted metal, cleanest possible install.

Make an image so you never have to reinstall, but keep your Vista disks or image just in case - the RC can only be used as qualifying underlying Upgrade until it expires June 1.
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21 Oct 2009   #7

Dual boot Win7 Home Premium and Vista Home Premium SP2
 
 

[QUOTE=gregrocker;318527]....MS has also allowed the activated RC to be used to start an Upgrade so you could boot into your D:RC and since it is marked active use Disk Management or Easeus to delete your C: drive, format it and Custom clean install Windows 7 upgrade to the C: drive. After copying your files over to C: for D:, mark C: active and delete D: You then have an Upgrade installed to formatted metal, cleanest possible install....





SO...I BUY a Windows 7 Home Premium UPGRADE box for AUD about $170 , NOT a Windows 7 NEW box for about AUD $299 ??

Many thanks
Rod
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21 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just did something like this....although I did it a little bit different.

1) Using Windows Easy Transfer I created a transfer file containing all my documents, music, video's, software config files, favorites, contacts, basically everything except the actual software programs themselves and the user profiles as they work perfectly in my Windows 7 RC install on partition 2 and put it on an external drive.

2) Import the Easy transfer file into my Windows 7 RC partition to combine all Vista and Windows 7 RC documents, email, etc.

3) Using Widows Easy Transfer I created a transfer file containing everything available to transfer from my Windows 7 RC partition including the user profiles, security, etc and put it back out on the external drive.

4) Do a "Clean" upgrade install on the Vista partition. Install all apps with basic defaults and no customizations.

5) Import the Easy transfer file from external drive which tells me any apps I need to install because I missed installing them. This gives me my acitvated Windows 7 install with all apps, config files for the apps, documents, music, video's, etc.

6) Verify..Verify....Verify that I didn't miss anything I don't want to lose on the RC partition 2.

7) Delete the 7100 RC partiton.

8) Add the unallocated space to the partition 1 Windows 7 install.

I did this because RC7100 is not acceptable as an upgrade platform and I didn't want to loose all my customizations. It even restored my wallpaper, taskbar, and links menu's exactly like they were on the RC partition. It only took 3 hrs from start of install until I had fully customize Windows 7 install.

This does not of course include the time to create the transfer files but with 40+ gb of data to transfer as well as configuring all my apps (Quicken, email, burning software, server connections, etc) I got back exactly what I had before on my RC partition but fully activated.
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21 Oct 2009   #9

Dual boot Win7 Home Premium and Vista Home Premium SP2
 
 

Quote "I did this because RC7100 is not acceptable as an upgrade platform"

Well that bugga's me up then. As I mentioned in initial post, I am running RC7100...

oh well, a NEW AUD$299 copy of Windows 7 it is then if I want a clean install !!
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21 Oct 2009   #10

windows 7
 
 

You no need to remove vista from ur PC
u can set your system as a multiboot operationg system so
so you can use both
and as well u no need to upgrade ur windows 7
present winows 7 ulitmate enough
ok you can up date your windows and incease ur RAM
Then u will find the difference
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