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Windows 7: How to dual boot Windows 7 ON Windows 10

04 Mar 2016   #1
excel0

Windows 10 Single Language 64 bit
 
 
How to dual boot Windows 7 ON Windows 10

Here are the things that should be taken into consideration:
  • Windows 10 currently installed
  • UEFI (Legacy/BIOS is supported but I do not prefer using it as it may cause more problems in the future)
  • 1 Hard Disk Drive

Goals:
  • Install Windows 7 on another partition
  • Maintain my current Windows 10 installation
  • NOT have to switch to Legacy/BIOS mode

I found this: Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums
But it assumes a Windows 7 installation and subsequently dual booting Windows 10 on it. What I would like is essentially the opposite.


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04 Mar 2016   #2
xse

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Legacy/BIOS is required to install windows 7.
The only way to dual-boot windows 7&10 would be to enable legacy/BIOS
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07 Mar 2016   #3
heroleo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by excel0 View Post
Here are the things that should be taken into consideration:
  • Windows 10 currently installed
  • UEFI (Legacy/BIOS is supported but I do not prefer using it as it may cause more problems in the future)
  • 1 Hard Disk Drive

Goals:
  • Install Windows 7 on another partition
  • Maintain my current Windows 10 installation
  • NOT have to switch to Legacy/BIOS mode

I found this: Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums
But it assumes a Windows 7 installation and subsequently dual booting Windows 10 on it. What I would like is essentially the opposite.

1. Mount/extract the Windows 7 iso image
You will need to mount the Windows 7 iso so you can access the install.wim file or You could even use 7zip to simply extract the contents of the iso instead.
2. Create a partition for Windows 7
You can use Windows Disk Management or any third-party tools to create a partition for Windows 7.
3. Download imagex.zip
Download imagex.zip and extract it to c:\imagex.
4. Run imagex /apply to extract install.wim
Open an elevated command prompt, run the following command:
cd c:\imagex
imagex /apply e:\sources\install.wim 1 h:\

5. Get Ready to Boot
Once imagex is done, run the following command:
bcdboot h:\Windows
6. Reboot and Enjoy!
Reboot into bios, disable the uefi secure boot (Windows 7 does not support uefi secure boot, so we need to disable it) then save and reboot. Now you get to see the dual boot menu, have fun!!
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07 Mar 2016   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If the dual boot does not work out, run it in a virtual partition.

Virtual OS Tutorial - Install, Setup and Operate
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08 Mar 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I believe windows 7 has to be installed first if you want a uefi install you'll need to do this first too when you install 7
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
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