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Windows 7: edit registry w/o Win 7?

02 Nov 2010   #21

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Also available until crash and burn.

Great to hear that they are being copied. With info that you need/want being copied then we are safe.

When all is said and down--how would you like for your system to be? That is, what would be on what drive and/or partitions?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #22

Win 7 Professional 64-bit

Plan was to install disk 1 (1Tb) & move data off the disk0 & leave the 80 Gig drive for C:

  • data on D: would go to (was earlier copied to J),
  • disk0 partition E: should be copied to and reside on disk1 partition H:
  • G: is a separate drive for Video projects.
  • External Maxtor is BackUpMax L:, (next week I gotta'a solve the Win 7 back up problem)
does a different arrangement look better to you?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #23

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Will be back in one hour-am off to a favorite internet cafe.

I'll review again your present disk management display and your post as to what is presently where.

One question is: Do you plan to keep XP around and, related, if yes then how frequently will you be using XP?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Nov 2010   #24

Win 7 Professional 64-bit

I really like Win 7 64 Professional.
Some of my programs are a bit older, and I need them every month or so, then for several days running. Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.
I tried to install them on Win 7 & no-go. So the answer to your "how often" might be "fairly often." Sorry that is not very quantified.
I have another dead XP Pro machine I will attack next. Success with it might make me not need XP on this machine, but I won't know that 'til next few weeks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #25

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, These are 64-bit apps.

I tried to install them on Win 7 & no-go Then, I strongly recommend contacting Adobe. They will be very interested in hearing this.

Have you tried running the programs in xp mode? You have win 7 pro which fully supports xp mode.

See following:
Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup - Windows 7 Forums

This is an excellent tutorial. I found the tutorial very useful when installing, setting up and using XP mode.

Now, I'll review old posts for an approach, which at worst case,will require reinstallation of either XP, Win 7 or both.

That said, my preference would be to simply install win 7 and xp mode.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #26

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Where do you want WIN 7? Disk number ?

Where do you want XP? Disk number ?

Where is Win 7 presently? Disk number?

Where is XP presently? Disk number?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #27

Win 7 Professional 64-bit

After I had Win 7 installed, maybe 2 months ago, I tried installing older programs. They just did not work, so I decided not to force it. May be that I did not install XP mode at all. I will work on that after we are done here.
With your help, let's just install Win 7 with XP Mode and blow off the dual boot. As I said earlier, I can get another XP machine back online that I can use.
Moving forward, Win 7 should be on disk 0. Partitioned as C:.
XP was on Disk 0 also, partition D:, but let's leave it off this resurrected machine.
BTW, files are still flying up on the screens. Looks like a Science Fiction movie.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #28

Win 7 Professional 64-bit

I just glanced through the XP Mode tutorial. I didn't do any of this, so, installing XP Mode will be the right thing to do.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #29

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Sounds good.

Your Disk 0 is rather small unless you plan to keep all User Folders on another Disk.

Since you will be using Win 7 for more and more as time goes by then, you might want to consider putting your Win 7 and its data on the same disk. Now this doesn't mean on the same partition.

You can put Win 7 on Disk 0 and use Win 7's library feature to conveniently reference videos on another drive, pics on another, and so on and so forth.

I use the library feature to convieniently reference my data which I keep on another partition.

Either way.

Your best approach is to make a clean install.

Let's assume that you install Win 7 to Disk 0.

Afterward, we can show you how to reference any of your files on any drive with no problems using libraries.

We will set up Win 7 to use the entire disk 0.

Decreasing the size of the resulting C partition will be a piece of cake.

You will need to disconnect all drives except for Disk 0. This is imperative.

You will be booting from your Win 7 DVD and going to a command prompt to prepare your Disk 0 for Win 7 installation.

These tutorials will show you how to prepare and how to install Win 7.
Clean Install - Prepare a drive for
Clean Install Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2010   #30

Win 7 Professional 64-bit

OK, I ripped through both tutorials, I get the concept. I can bring them back and step through them when time comes.
File copies are still rolling, but I think it is on the last drive I listed.
I think, unless you see a strong reason not, I want to stick to the original plan, to dedicate drive 0, with a single c: partition to Win 7, the larger drives for data. I am thinking I did not comprehend the libraries when I did the first install. I had more than one libraries for my documents, etc. I can be more careful about those things that just default to wanting to be on C: drive.
We can start fresh, clean install with XP Mode.
Why would I want to decrease the size of C: when it has a whole drive dedicated to it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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