Dual Boot Install

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  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 x64, Build 7000

    Dual Boot Install

    I'm new to the forum and have searched, but no one seems to have asked this. PLease bear with me otherwise.

    I am trying to install Win 7, x64 in a multi-boot format beside my working Vista Ultimate, x64. I installed a 160GB Seagate drive just to house Win 7 and whatever other software I'm going to use in the experiment. I have several copies of Win 7 and a couple of different activators to select from.

    I'm having a more basic problem, just setting up the multi-boot. I am:

    • Burning the isio image to a DVD
    • Setting the BIOS to boot the optical drives first

    Win 7 install starts, leaves the install or repair screen, but then tells me I'm missing the Install.wim file (it is on the DVD).


    I just run Win 7 Setup.exe from Vista. That got through most of the install, but the last step, "Starting Up Services" took forever. I think it was frozen.

    Again, sorry for such a basic question for you folks, but it is rapidly becoming not worth it.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Posts : 4,364
    Windows 11 21H2 Current build

    Hmmm - I have not tried a dual boot to a separate physical drive. I wonder if that makes W7 think that is the, for all intents and purpose, the master drive?

    But another questions begs to be asked - could it in fact be your mobo and the SATA Optical drive not playing nicely during install? I know that Vista users had some problems too with x64 and SATA DVD drives and installation....
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  3. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 x64, Build 7000
    Thread Starter

    If it's a hardware conflict, the simpler solution for me might be to take the new equipment and just build a multi-boot machine then you thinks?
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  4. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 x64, Build 7000
    Thread Starter

    johngalt said:
    Hmmm - I have not tried a dual boot to a separate physical drive. .
    Are you saying that the two OS's should be on the same HDD?
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  5. Posts : 748
    Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

    I have made separate hd installations before, using different versions of Vista and, in one case, XP. I have never encountered problems.
    "I have several copies of Win 7 " Are these, by chance, possibly from the same source? perhaps you have a bad download? It's unexplainable, however, why it should get so far when installing from Vista, but ceases at the commencement when from boot.
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  6. Posts : 1,402
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    That is what i have done, partitioned one hard drive with Vista Ultimate x64 and W7 Ultimate x64.

    I gave W7 80GB just to play around because I know the beta will be coming soon.
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  7. Posts : 1,633
    Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

    Separate HD's are fine, or should be. I have 2 x XP Pro on drive 0, partitions 0 and 1 then Vista & Windows 7 on drive 1, partitions 0 and 1. I installed both Vista and Windows 7 from the first XP drive to keep my drive letters uniform throughout the various boots and that is where I keep EasyBCD which makes the booting much easier.
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  8. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 x64, Build 7000
    Thread Starter

    Got it!

    It was a Sata conflict. I've got a Raid controller acting as a Sata expansion and I think it was in the way.

    Anyway, I'm in business. Now I'll look around on the forum and start playing.
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  9. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate

    Hello Johnnylane, welcome to Seven Forums!

    I'm pleased you have the install sorted.

    Keep coming back; it works if you work it!

    Later Ted
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  10. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

    Hello Johnnylane,

    Welcome to the forums.

    Great fun playing with this new OS. Lots of improvements from what I've seen so far. Enjoy.

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