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Windows 7: Dual Booting but Want to Replace XP with Windows 7


23 Feb 2009   #11

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
If you want to install Windows7 , there is another (more safe) way for you

1. Boot from Windows 7 DVD
2. During Installation, select your Windows XP partition , delete it and choose the empty partition to be your installation target. Don't do anything to Vista's partition.
3. Install windows 7 normally.

That's it. Windows 7 will take care of the boot entries and will give you both Vista and Windows 7 to boot from.

Note: Later on, when you enter Windows 7, you will see your Vista partition missing. Don't get scared. It's not missing, its just hidden. When you fiinish the steps above, come back here and I'll give you a small guide to unhide it. In any case, you will be able to boot to both Vista and Windows 7.

Cheers
Yes this is the proper way surely? Well its how i have always done it. I don't understand the theory behind just deleting the files etc??

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23 Feb 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
Note: Later on, when you enter Windows 7, you will see your Vista partition missing. Don't get scared. It's not missing, its just hidden. When you fiinish the steps above, come back here and I'll give you a small guide to unhide it. In any case, you will be able to boot to both Vista and Windows 7.
Cheers
Hey there, what are the steps to unhide it?

Thank you
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23 Feb 2009   #13

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi boxterduke,

Go into 7 Disk Management, rt click the Vista partition>Change Drive letter and Paths>Add >Assign drive letter>OK

Hope it helps

SIW2
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23 Feb 2009   #14

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Here is a tutorial about the drive letter assignment/change.
Hard Disk Partition Letter Missing in Windows 7 - Fix

Gary
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23 Feb 2009   #15

Vista 64-Bit Ultimate & Seven 64-Bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
2. Normally, after Windows 7 installation, only BCD will be your boot manager because Windows 7 will install its own new BCD, which will automatically include your Vista options as well, it finds it by itself.
Yes so what should I do - delete Acronis and leave my existing version of BCD alone, which will be updated presumably by Windows 7 ?

Just want to make sure having either, both or none of these apps is the preferred way forward

Cheers again

roz
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23 Feb 2009   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi rozel,

I suggest deleting Acronis and letting Win 7 boot management do the job.

Hope it helps

SIW2
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30 May 2009   #17

Windows 7 RTM 7127
 
 
I have Dual Boot Ssing 2 sepaerate Hard Drives

I would like to delete Vista all Together and Just use Windows 7. I want to be able to load Win 7 from My "C" Drive were Vista is because its a Faster and Larger Drive.

I have a Program Called Apricorn EZ Gig II Cloning Software. If I Clone My "E: Drive were Windows RTM 7127 Lives to My Formatted "C" Drive , in theary, I should be able to Boot from my "C" Drive Using Windows 7127.

Any help or guidance on this matter would be much appreciated!

Thanks
CBKITT
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30 May 2009   #18

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello cbkitt,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Only thing is that doing that may kill your boot files.

You should be able to use the Seven install disk to fix the MBR, but I have never tried it so can make no guarantees.

Gary
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30 May 2009   #19

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi cbkitt,

You would need to go through the steps needed to make E ( I assume HD1 ) the boot hd.

Then clone it to what is now C (HD 0).

This means copying the bootfiles from C to E and installing a NT6 compatble mbr on it , before cloning.

You would need to use the command line, if you are comfortable with that.
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30 May 2009   #20

Windows 7 RTM 7127
 
 
How do you install a NT6 compatble mbr on that C

How do you install a NT6 compatble mbr on that C Drive. What is a NT6 compatble mbr?

Please Help

Thanks

CBKITT
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