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Windows 7: Changing primary partitions to logical

03 Mar 2011   #21
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
I see that Unallocated is already a logical partition. So can I simply put x64 Windows 7 installation DVD in, boot from DVD and install it? Will it do all by itself?
As another suggestion, since you are so unsure about this process...I'd take a step back and re-examine. You may just need some assistance in getting the programs for reinstallation and your data backed up. I really am starting to think a dual boot isn't going to do what you want. This would be a good time to seek out a friend who's well versed in computers and can sit down in front of your computer to take a look. Aside from "illegal/warez" apps, you should be able to obtain the discs or files needed for your apps.

Either way, setting up a dual boot, while being an old, stale technology, is easy to do, if you pick the wrong partition or make a mistake, you could render the system unbootable. You would want to have a good backup of your data before trying this anyway...just in case.

No matter what, the solution seems to go back to getting a method of backing up your data, getting the apps ready, and just doing the clean install. And, as Arc said, a backup drive will cost far less than a second license for Windows 7.


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03 Mar 2011   #22
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I understand. But actually, I would only need x64 Windows for one program, I don't need it for the ones that are currently installed (something more than 400 Gb)-that's why Unallocated would be big enough for me (90 Gb). When the time will come, I will upgrade fully to x64(maybe when my computer is unrepairable because of the virus ), but for now, x86 serves me well enough.
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03 Mar 2011   #23
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

And by the way, I already have a licence for x64 Windows 7- it came with my computer when I bought it.
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03 Mar 2011   #24
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Is that license key currently in use for your current x86 install? If you do decide to go ahead with the dual boot, I would still strongly recommend having your data backed up first.
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03 Mar 2011   #25
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
I see that Unallocated is already a logical partition. So can I simply put x64 Windows 7 installation DVD in, boot from DVD and install it? Will it do all by itself?
I thought unallocated meant not formatted yet, so how is it logical. If you have no data on that partition, run Partition Wizard and create a logical partition of the size you want (do you really need 97GB for Windows?) Then install from your DVD.
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03 Mar 2011   #26
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

@DeaconFrost

I got two DVDs with my computer-one for x86 W7 and the other with x64 W7, but x86 was preinstalled on the computer.

@debugged

Well, this program says different:

Although it seems strange to me too.
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03 Mar 2011   #27
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

About your dual boot installation, follow it carefully.

1. boot into PW live cd, create a new partition , and format it logical. I have stated it in my previous post that other than that why windows will not be installed there.

2. After applying the changes, restart your computer, and boot into Win7 64 bit DVD, install it in the new partition . It will be automatically add the boot entry in the MBR.

3. If you want to change the boot sequence, you can do it by using EasyBCD .
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03 Mar 2011   #28
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post

Well, this program says different
That's why I would use Partition Wizard - reliable and easy to use.
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03 Mar 2011   #29
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Ok, thank's for help, but I will do that tomorrow, it's a little late here in Slovenia.
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03 Mar 2011   #30
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
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Yeah, but will I be able to install Windows 7 x64 on a logical partition?
You will be fine installing 7 to logical partition - the boot information for the new operating system will be added to the boot manager in your system reserve partition automatically.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
Ok, thank's for help, but I will do that tomorrow, it's a little late here in Slovenia.
Best of luck . Dont forget to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to create and format the new partition .
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