Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
Installing 7 by booting the dvd and doing clean install to XP partition will overwrite Acronis boot manager.
7 bootmanager will be in control.
You could format the XP partition during install and go ahead.
You may need to add Vista to 7 bcd after - very easy.
That's it. Should all be fine.
Thanks for that - most helpful and reassuring.......................
Well as you would expect, knowing Microsoft, things have not worked out as planned.
First I decided to resize my XP partition using Partition Manager Personal 10 - to free up up some space which I could donate to the Vista os. This was extremely successful and after checking things out by then re booting into both os'es separately to ensure they both could, I then rebooted using my Windows 7 DVD. I followed the instructions implicitly.
I eventually selected "Custom (advanced)" after selecting the x64 version to install and after trying to find the "format" options, I eventually found these by selecting Drive Options (Advanced) which revealed these. I selected the XP partition and clicked on ok, expecting it to take some while to format, however it quickly moved on to the next options, revelaed in a list.
This list started with "Copying Windows Files" and a green tick ensued almost immediately and it then moved on to "Expanding Windows Files", where it stuck on (0%)... for about 3/4 minutes whereupon it stated the following: - Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error Code 0x80070017 So I ejected the DVD after cancelling out and rebooted whereupon my worst fears were encountered - the Boot Manager files had been overwritten or perhaps more specifically been deleted. The following message ensued after my usual RAID screens appeared after POST: - MBR Error 3 BootMgr is missing Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to restart So I first attemted to repair using the Windows 7 DVD repair option - no good - message something like this repair option cannot repair this OS. So I tried again using the Windows Vista DVD and selected the startup repair and voila after it completed, I rebooted and I was immediately booted into Vista. Presumably the boot manager doesn't display because now there is only one entry, for Vista? Anyhow after checking things out, my XP partition was formatted, must have been a really quick format lol! and could be read ok - diskmanager revealing it to be healthy albeit devoid of data. So I have my RAID partitions still intact, can boot straight into Vista and have an empty 50Gb partition ready to accept Windows 7. So at least a stage further has been reached. But why the initial error? Is it because my Disc is corrupt/dirty etc? I had these errors with worn discs in the past but didn't think a new disc would give such an error. When the option to Expand Windows Files was started it stayed on 0%, never moved from this and several times I could here my DVD Rom Drive starting up - the drive light on the rom drive initially started to flash extremely quickly as if it was being read from but eventually just before the error message was displayed it was constantly on and not flickering at all. I give this information in the hope that my problem can be diagnosed - I feel a lot happier knowing that the MBR can after all be repaired with my Vista Install DVD - but lets say a further attempt to install Windows 7 is made, will this be deleted once more if the install aborts again for some reason? Anyways please help me diagnose my installation problem Cheers roz