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Windows 7: Installing 2 OSes in one hard drive

07 Aug 2015   #1
livingsandwich

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Installing 2 OSes in one hard drive

Hi again.

So, I was wondering. Can you install 2 or more OSes in one hard drive? I currently have Windows 7, but I need to install an another Windows OS for work and research purposes.

If so, do I have to do anything else before proceeding? Thanks


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07 Aug 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yep.

It's called "dual booting".

Google for about 442,000 web pages on the topic.

Here's a bunch of tutorials on it from this web site:

http://www.sevenforums.com/search.php?searchid=6230901

It's a bit complicated. Some would tell you to put the second OS on an entirely separate hard drive.
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07 Aug 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I would be that 1 that would recommend putting the os on a separate hdd or ssd
I use this it's an excellent way to swap them out after shutting down the other os,
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

This is a quality device don't let the price fool you I have 2 one on each machine
I can't imagine dual booting any other way
No os fighting to be default = especially win-10 or 8.1
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20 Aug 2015   #4
livingsandwich

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I would be that 1 that would recommend putting the os on a separate hdd or ssd
I use this it's an excellent way to swap them out after shutting down the other os,
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

This is a quality device don't let the price fool you I have 2 one on each machine
I can't imagine dual booting any other way
No os fighting to be default = especially win-10 or 8.1
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Yep.

It's called "dual booting".

Google for about 442,000 web pages on the topic.

Here's a bunch of tutorials on it from this web site:

http://www.sevenforums.com/search.php?searchid=6230901

It's a bit complicated. Some would tell you to put the second OS on an entirely separate hard drive.
Thanks for the info! It might be a bit more complicated though, since I'm using a laptop.
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