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Windows 7: Want to install Windows 7 on second drive....How?

11 Nov 2009   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Want to install Windows 7 on second drive....How?

Want to install Windows 7 on second drive....How?

I am currently on Vista which is on C: drive, and I want to install Windows 7 on F: drive.

How can I do that?

Also how will I select which Windows I want to log on to?

Thanks.

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11 Nov 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

During the install process, you will be given the option of which drive to install to... Windows7 will then create the boot manager so you can select which OS to boot....
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11 Nov 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Awaisuk,

This can help show you how to.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Nov 2009   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Disconnect all drives, except the one that you want to install Windows 7 on, and reconnect them after the installation. Doing this, you won't have the regular boot menu, but you choose which drive to boot from in the BIOS's boot priority, or selecting F8 to get a boot menu.
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12 Nov 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Disconnect all drives, except the one that you want to install Windows 7 on, and reconnect them after the installation. Doing this, you won't have the regular boot menu, but you choose which drive to boot from in the BIOS's boot priority, or selecting F8 to get a boot menu.
This method makes it easier to just unplug Vista later when you want to remove it, although it is only easy to get into if you have a BIOS boot order shortcut key (usually F10 or F12).

The other method - creating a dual boot menu when both drives are plugged during Windows 7 installation - makes it a bit harder to remove Vista later, however we can help you do it here when the times comes.
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12 Nov 2009   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I assume that what you call a BIOS boot order shortcut key is what my Asus MB call the BBS Popup Menu (F8). I really don't know, but I would have thought that any system that had multiple drive capability would have some kind of shortcut key.

Actually, I rarely use the shortcut key, because I don't switch OSs all that often, and find it easier to just change the Boot Priority in the BIOS settings.

EDIT: The main reason that I use this method is not so much for simplicity, it's because I don't trust boot loaders. Too often, the boot loader would become corrupt, and I would lose access to all of my OS at the same time.
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12 Nov 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

seeker: the Windows 7 boot menu when configured properly is perfectly stable, a quantum improvement on XP/Vista dual boots.

But using BIOS boot order is still a better idea since we are seeing new 7 users bail out of dual boots in hours or days, rather than weeks or months as with beta users.
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