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Windows 7: Dual Boot One HDD?

10 Dec 2008   #1
DoritoFrito

Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 
Dual Boot One HDD?

when i run the instillation for 6956 it gives me the option to

a)Clean Install
b)Custom

i still want to keep my windows vista Ultimate my primary OS
but i only have one hard drive so is it possibly to save windows 7 to the same drive as my vista and be able to boot them both


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11 Dec 2008   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello DoritoFrito.

Yes; choose custom and point it to the empty partition that does not have Vista on it.
















Later Ted
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11 Dec 2008   #3
DoritoFrito

Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

so if i click cuxstom then theres only one Drive that comes up (the one with vista on it) i can still continue like see more options about partitions
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11 Dec 2008   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.

Use this tutorial to create a partition before you start the install.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition - Vista Forums














Later Ted
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11 Dec 2008   #5
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Excuse me if I am talking down to you, but from the nature of the question, I assume you are an "average" user? I get the impression that you have Vista installed on a single partition hard disk?
You must first create anpther partition for Windows 7. You can do this through the Administrative tools - Computer management facility. A 50/50 split is fine at this stage. You will probably have to "shrink" your Vista partition.
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11 Dec 2008   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Yep, shrink the Vista volume and create a new partition. next time you select custom at the installation screen, select the newly created partition. Give it about 40GB if you can for some wiggle room.
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11 Dec 2008   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Just like to add that the Advanced options in the installer gives access to basic disk management functions, if you have free space on the drive the partition may be created, formatted etc. from here

Saying that I always find the a little preparation work before you start a dual boot install is the best, and safest way.

And even with the reliability of recent installers, and disk management software the first thing is ....

Backup everything that you cannot afford to lose from existing systems before you even think about dual boot
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11 Dec 2008   #8
smarteyeball

 
 

+1 on the preparation. Once upon a time I used to go in all guns blazing and be damned to the consequences. Now I prepare a little and go in with just the one gun...
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11 Dec 2008   #9
DoritoFrito

Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

im going with the 40 gb like smarteyeball says
and once i shrink that will i be able to say "Un shrink it" when it comes to unistall W7
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11 Dec 2008   #10
DoritoFrito

Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

nvm i opened my eyess
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