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Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
Published by Brink
12 Mar 2009
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How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to install Windows 7 and Vista to dual boot with when you already have either Windows 7 or Vista installed first.
Note   Note
With a dual boot installaton, you will have two operating systems (OS) installed. When you start the computer, you will have the choice to choose which OS you would like to start up to. This method is the easiest way of doing a dual boot with these two operating systems.
Tip   Tip
When dual booting with another OS (ex: Vista or XP), you may not always have that OS partition show up in Computer with a driver letter in Windows 7. If this happens, then you will just need to add a drive letter to the OS (ex: Vista or XP) partition in Windows 7 Disk Management for it to show up in Computer with a driver letter.
warning   Warning
Windows 7 Minimum Hardware Requirements:

NOTE: For more iformation on this, see: Windows 7 system requirements
  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB RAM for 32-bit Windows 7 OR 2 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 7
  • 16 GB available disk space 32-bit Windows 7 OR 20 GB for 64-bit Windows 7
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
  • DVD-R/W Drive
  • Internet or phone access to activate Windows 7.
Vista Minimum Hardware Requirements:
NOTE: For more information, see: Microsoft Windows Vista: Recommended System Requirements

Vista Home Basic
  • Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
  • System Memory (RAM): 512MB
  • Hard Drive: 20GB with 15GB available for Vista
  • Video Card: 32MB Memory and DirectX 9 Support
  • DVD-ROM Drive
Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate
  • Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
  • System Memory (RAM): 1GB
  • Hard Drive: 40GB with 15GB available for Vista
  • Video Card: 128MB Memory, DirectX 9 Support with: WDDM Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0, 32bits per pixel
  • DVD-ROM Drive

EXAMPLE: Windows Boot Manager
NOTE: This is the boot screen where you select what operating system that you would like to start. By default, you have 30 seconds to choose another operating system before the default operating system will start automatically.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-boot_manager.jpg


Here's How:
1. If Installing Second OS on a Separate Hard Drive
NOTE: This is if you are going to install the second OS (Windows 7 or Vista) on a separate hard drive than the first OS in installed on.
A) Go to step 3.
2. If Installing Second OS on another Partition on the Same Hard Drive
NOTE: This is if you are going to install the second OS (Windows 7 or Vista) on a different partition on the same hard drive than the first OS is installed on.
A) If Vista was installed first, then create a new partition for Windows 7 (second OS) to be installed on later if you do not already have one to use. (See screenshot below)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-create_windows7_partition_.jpg
B) If Windows 7 was installed first, then create a new partition for Vista (second OS) to be installed on later if you do not already have one to use. (See screenshot below)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-create_vista_partition_.jpg
3. Insert the second OS (Windows 7 or Vista) installation DVD, and restart the computer to start installing it.
A) If Vista was installed first, then select the new partition (step 2A) or drive and do a clean install of Windows 7 (second OS) on it. (See screenshot below)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-windows7_partition.jpg
B) If Windows 7 was installed first, then select the new partition (step 2B) or drive and do a clean install of Vista (second OS) on it. (See screenshot below)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-vista_partition.jpg
4. When the second OS is finished installing you will now have the option to select which OS to start to in the Windows Boot Manager screen at start up. (See example screenshot at the top of the tutorial)
NOTE: Whatever OS you install last will be the OS listed first in the Windows Boot Manager screen at startup.

5. This is what you will see in Disk Management below if you installed the second OS on another partition on the same hard drive (step 2).
A) If Vista was installed first. (See screenshot below)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-disk_management-windows7.jpg
B) If Windows 7 was installed first. (See screenshot below)
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista-disk_management-vista.jpg
That's it,
Shawn






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05 May 2009   #1
XGUNTHERC

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

Thanks. This is exactly what I needed to know.

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05 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Gunther.
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06 May 2009   #3
rohit

W7
 
 

can i install Windows 7 on the same Partition..as a Fresh OS
i am using XP

This will not disturb the Data in d other Partitions.

I M Using C for Installing OS
D:\ for Softwares
E:\Movies
F:\Music

kindly help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2009   #4
nonpasaran

vista
 
 
hi

i m sory but my english not so good.There fore i cant understand this tuttorial perfectly want to ask you some questions
i have an asus notebook f3sv.i have one hdd with two partition as C: and D:
In C: allready vista installed.Now i m downloading seven rc .
i want to be sure this tuttorial is fit to may pc
1-when i ll finish download i will burn it a blank dvd
2-then i will boot may pc from dvd
3-then i will choice custom installation and i ll choice D: partition for installation seven
4-and ı will have two os
is that all steps correct?

note:i have a recovery partition in C in same time and i dont want to loose it because i have no recovery dvd.if i install seven in C over vista will i loose that recovery partition?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nonpasaran, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Almost. After your step 1, you will need to create a new partition (Step 2A in tutorial) to install Windows 7 to. You cannot use the D: partition since that is your recovery partition.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rohit View Post
can i install Windows 7 on the same Partition..as a Fresh OS
i am using XP

This will not disturb the Data in d other Partitions.

I M Using C for Installing OS
D:\ for Softwares
E:\Movies
F:\Music

kindly help
Hello Rohit, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This tutorial can help show you how to dual boot with Windows 7 and XP instead.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2009   #7
nonpasaran

vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Nonpasaran, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Almost. After your step 1, you will need to create a new partition (Step 2A in tutorial) to install Windows 7 to. You cannot use the D: partition since that is your recovery partition.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
hi shawn
i m sory but i can t understand
you said you have to create a new partition but where?
in C which one still installed vista? and how? is there any tutorial about it?
this is my disk. its in fact same disc D is only a partition.i have just one hdd

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Nonpasaran,

You can see if you are able to shrink your C: Vista partition to have enough unallocated space to create a new partition for Windows 7 with.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition - Vista Forums
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06 May 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi nonpasaran,

Try shrinking the C partition to create unallocated space.

Then right click the unallocated and create a partition to install 7 on.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition - Vista Forums

Disk Management - Delete and Extend - Vista Forums

Hope it helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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