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Windows 7: Dual boot original Vista with Windows 7?

20 Jan 2009   #51
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi John,

Sadly, those drivers you downloaded aren't going to do the trick.

You could try exactly the same process, but use the drivers copied from Your Vista installation by DriverDouble.

They must contain the .inf. -- the copy I made of my Vista drivers using DriverDouble looks like this

Dual boot original Vista with Windows 7?-dd302009-01-20_132454.jpg

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20 Jan 2009   #52
elixir

Windows 7 Beta
 
 

mine is dual booting xp and 7.
i just boot to xp, plug my 4Gb USB (with 7 installer package), install 7, select drive replacing my vista on it.

noticed that 7 is much faster as compared to vista.

Athlon XP 1700 (1.4Ghz)
1Gb DDR Memory
GeForce 6200 128Mb -Aero enabled
c:\ -15Gb Partition (XP Installed)
d:\ -20Gb (7 installed)
e:\ -15Gb Partition

cheers
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20 Jan 2009   #53
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi SIW2,
This is a pic of the doubldriver box I've just pulled up.
The drivers seem to be exactly the same as the ones I've just been trying ie.
Atheros AR8121 AR8113.
What do you suggest?
Thanks, John


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20 Jan 2009   #54
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Worth getting DD to copy those - look and see if they contain a .inf file - if so, use those.

Also , now you have unzipped the downloaded files , see what is inside this :

Dual boot original Vista with Windows 7?-dd502009-01-20_222351.jpg


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19 Jun 2009   #55
Nosha

Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium, 64-bit
 
 

hi there,
i already installed Windows 7, and am using Vista Home Premium now, and both versions are 64 bit, and each one is on a separate hard drive..
actually, i need to dual-boot the two versions while they are on different hard drives, cause i can't free space on my current Vista partition.,

thanks in advance,
Mostafa
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19 Jun 2009   #56
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Nosha,

From your brief description, it seems you could add the entry for 7 to Vista bcd.

Then add the entry for Vista to 7 bcd.

You should then get a dual boot menu, no matter which HD is first in the Bios boot order.

When you installed 7, did you detach the Vista HD so they are completely independent?
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19 Jun 2009   #57
Nosha

Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Nosha,

From your brief description, it seems you could add the entry for 7 to Vista bcd.

Then add the entry for Vista to 7 bcd.

You should then get a dual boot menu, no matter which HD is first in the Bios boot order.

When you installed 7, did you detach the Vista HD so they are completely independent?

first, thanks for fast reply..
second, yes, i installed Windows 7 on its hard drive and it was connected alone..
third, i don't know what "bcd" means, and consequently don't know how to do it!! so, a little elaboration might help here, please...

thanks once again.,
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19 Jun 2009   #58
kentchen

Windows 7
 
 

With new native VHD boot in Windows 7, any dual-boot based on physical partition is so old school and 1.0. Here is the detailed instruction how you can do it from a Vista machine. And I've done it and am using it every day w/ switching two OSs back and forth w/o any problem. Definitely worth checking it out.

Native Boot to Windows 7 in VHD from Windows Vista

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19 Jun 2009   #59
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try this:

With Vista drive as first in Bios boot order, boot 7 dvd - run startup repair.

That should put 7 entry in Vista Boot Configuration Data.

If you also want Vista in the boot menu option when you have 7 drive as the first HD in Bios boot order:

Set 7 drive as 1st in bios order

Boot into 7

Open an elevated command prompt and type:

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows Vista"

It will return a long number in brackets - a GUID or identifier.

Type that, including brackets into the commands below ( Replace the D: with the Vista drive letter as seen when booted into 7)

Press enter after each command.

bcdedit /set {THE-GUID-YOU-GOT} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {THE-GUID-YOU-GOT} osdevice partition=D:

close cmd prompt.

That's it.
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19 Jun 2009   #60
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Type cmd in start search - when it pops up , rt click and run as admin - it looks like this:

( I am in D and have added a Vista entry for E )

Dual boot original Vista with Windows 7?-bcd-copy2009-06-19_175813.jpg


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