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Windows 7: Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

19 Jan 2010   #1

xp pro/vista business
 
 
Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

Hi,
I currently have XP Pro as my primary OS on drive C: and Vista Business as a dual boot on a separate hard drive, drive D:.

I want to upgrade the Vista installation to Windows 7; however I want to do a clean install upgrade so I can upgrade to 7 64 bit from the Vista 32 bit.

What do I have to do to do this successfully so that after installing the 7 64 bit I still have a dual boot option with XP/7? I want XP to be my primary OS with 7 as a secondary OS.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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19 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abrucewebb View Post
Hi,
I currently have XP Pro as my primary OS on drive C: and Vista Business as a dual boot on a separate hard drive, drive D:.

I want to upgrade the Vista installation to Windows 7; however I want to do a clean install upgrade so I can upgrade to 7 64 bit from the Vista 32 bit.

What do I have to do to do this successfully so that after installing the 7 64 bit I still have a dual boot option with XP/7? I want XP to be my primary OS with 7 as a secondary OS.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
Hi,can you post a screen shot using the snipping tool of your disc management?

You can find disc management via Control panel (small icon view)>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management

Then we can go from there.
Dan
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19 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot the Windows 7 DVD, custom install to the desired HD, using Drive Tools to delete, create New and then format your partition(s) there.
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20 Jan 2010   #4

xp pro/vista business
 
 
Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

That's what I thought. I was just concerned that the boot manager would look for the non-exist Vista OS rather than the upgrade to Win 7. I didn't see a reply button for Dan, so I wanted to post the screen shot here, but am not sure how to do that. I have attached it as a jpg file, Disk Mgmt.

Thanks for your help.

bruce


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20 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abrucewebb View Post
That's what I thought. I was just concerned that the boot manager would look for the non-exist Vista OS rather than the upgrade to Win 7. I didn't see a reply button for Dan, so I wanted to post the screen shot here, but am not sure how to do that. I have attached it as a jpg file, Disk Mgmt.

Thanks for your help.

bruce


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Jesus thats a lot of room lol

You can go ahead and do ask greg says.
I would advise removing the other Hd's first leaving only the XP and Vista HD connected with the vista HD second in line.
Then boot the Windows 7 disc>Install>advanced>Format >Format the vista HD>then point Windows 7 to that location.
When your done(Windows 7 is installed) run start up repair three times

That should do the trick
Dan
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20 Jan 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

The only possible problems I see are the two Data drives E and K which are incorrectly marked Active. I would boot free Partition Wizard CD to rightclick Modify>Set to Inactive both E and K partitions. Otherwise you could keep them unplugged during install as Minotar suggests.

Boot from Windows 7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Tools (advanced) to format Vista partition before installing Windows 7 there. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

If there is no interfference from other drives, the System MBR should remain on XP drive and be updated by Windows 7 to maintain a dual boot. If this fails, post back here a screenshot of full Windows 7 Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu attaching file using paper clip in reply box.
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21 Jan 2010   #7

xp pro/vista business
 
 

OK. Thanks for the advice. I will take care of the active partitions now and try the upgrade this weekend when I have the time and will post the results.

bruce
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24 Jan 2010   #8

xp pro/vista business
 
 
Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

I want to thank you all for all your advice. I did the upgrade and it worked well with just a small hitch. I tried to do the install from my Toshiba DVD ROM and the installation program said I was missing drivers for it (and there are no drivers I can find as they say it uses native Windows drivers). I then tried from my Sony DVD burner and the installation hung. I finally tried from my USB external Mad Dog DVD burner and was successful.

Been spending a lot of time customizing today.

Once again, thanks for your help.

bruce
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24 Jan 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Probably needed to be run from Vista to pick up the SATA drivers for some reason. Did your external boot, or run the DVD from Vista?
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26 Jan 2010   #10

xp pro/vista business
 
 
Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

I wanted to upgrade from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Windows 7 so I had to do a clean install. The message said that the driver missing was for the DVD Rom I had the install disk in at the time. Funny thing is the install disk read the disk, copied the installation files, and only gave me the error when I clicked on install now. My external DVD burner booted and the install program ran flawlessly from it. The funny thing is that now that Windows 7 is installed it reads all the drives with no problem.

Once again, thanks for all your help.

bruce
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