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Windows 7: Keep Vista and reinstalling win7 help ( dual boot )

20 Aug 2010   #1
ringo14

Windows 7 and Vista basic
 
 
Keep Vista and reinstalling win7 help ( dual boot )

I am running Vista basic and Win7 ultimate on my pc and i was just wonder how can i reinstall win7 while keeping vista and not changing anything on my C: drive ( which vista is in ) while just getting rid of win7 and putting a new win7 over that same hard drive ( hard drive D: ) . Is there any way of doing this and without causing any problems to vista, my pc and not having conflict's ?
If so can you please tell me how to do it step by step?
Thanks i advance.


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20 Aug 2010   #2
Arc

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Run your Windows 7 dvd in vista. Now, while installing, do it in d drive, and format the drive during installation (step 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 ).

I hope the vista boot menu will be automatically added up in the mbr while the installation is completed

EDIT : provided your Win 7 is not of a lower bitrate than vista .
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20 Aug 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

Do you have separate HD's?

Are they configured in a Windows-managed Dual Boot menu, or do you choose which HD to boot using the BIOS boot order or BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key?

Do you want Win7 to configure a Windows-managed Dual Boot during install so that you have a Dual Boot menu to choose when you start computer? This makes Win7 HD dependent upon Vista in order to boot. In order to achieve this you would leave Vista HD plugged in during Win7 install to separate HD.

Or would you rather have both HD's be independently bootable so either can come and go as you please, in which case you would leave Vista HD unplugged during install then afterward boot it using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key?

Feel free to ask any questions to help make your decision. If you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, we can confirm that the options given will work for you as stated based on how it is configured now. Use the Snippping Tool in Start menu, attach using Paper Clip in Reply box.
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20 Aug 2010   #4
ringo14

Windows 7 and Vista basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Do you have separate HD's?

Are they configured in a Windows-managed Dual Boot menu, or do you choose which HD to boot using the BIOS boot order or BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key?

Do you want Win7 to configure a Windows-managed Dual Boot during install so that you have a Dual Boot menu to choose when you start computer? This makes Win7 HD dependent upon Vista in order to boot. In order to achieve this you would leave Vista HD plugged in during Win7 install to separate HD.

Or would you rather have both HD's be independently bootable so either can come and go as you please, in which case you would leave Vista HD unplugged during install then afterward boot it using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key?

Feel free to ask any questions to help make your decision. If you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, we can confirm that the options given will work for you as stated based on how it is configured now. Use the Snippping Tool in Start menu, attach using Paper Clip in Reply box.
No i got 4 partition's and when i put my win7 cd i c 4 hard drives and on the boot up i want win7 as i did before
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20 Aug 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Run your Windows 7 dvd in vista. Now, while installing, do it in d drive, and format the drive during installation (step 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 ).

I hope the vista boot menu will be automatically added up in the mbr while the installation is completed

EDIT : provided your Win 7 is not of a lower bitrate than vista .




@Arc, if he installs Windows 7 like that he will over-write Vista and that's NOT what he wants to do.
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20 Aug 2010   #6
ringo14

Windows 7 and Vista basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Run your Windows 7 dvd in vista. Now, while installing, do it in d drive, and format the drive during installation (step 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 ).

I hope the vista boot menu will be automatically added up in the mbr while the installation is completed

EDIT : provided your Win 7 is not of a lower bitrate than vista .
Yes both of my vista and win7 cd are the same i have installed dual boot before i just wanna reinstall win7 thats all
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20 Aug 2010   #7
ringo14

Windows 7 and Vista basic
 
 

@Arc, if he installs Windows 7 like that he will over-write Vista and that's NOT what he wants to do.[/QUOTE]

What would u recommended doing then?
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20 Aug 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ringo14 View Post
@Arc, if he installs Windows 7 like that he will over-write Vista and that's NOT what he wants to do.
What would u recommended doing then?[/QUOTE]





Set the BIOS boot priority to boot first from the Optical Disk Drive (ODD) and boot the Windows 7 install disk and install it right back to the same partition it was on to start with, isn't that what you want; that way, as you only have 1 HDD Windows 7 will configure the boot menu to include Vista and you will be presented with a Windows boot menu at system startup, that's what you have now, right?
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20 Aug 2010   #9
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Run your Windows 7 dvd in vista. Now, while installing, do it in d drive, and format the drive during installation (step 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 ).

I hope the vista boot menu will be automatically added up in the mbr while the installation is completed

EDIT : provided your Win 7 is not of a lower bitrate than vista .




@Arc, if he installs Windows 7 like that he will over-write Vista and that's NOT what he wants to do.
Hi Ted !
I told him to install win 7 in D drive, whereas Vista is installed in C drive
Quote:
not changing anything on my C: drive ( which vista is in ) while just getting rid of win7 and putting a new win7 over that same hard drive ( hard drive D: ) . Is there any way of doing this and without
Is it really overwrite Vista in C drive, if 7 is installed in D drive ?
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20 Aug 2010   #10
ringo14

Windows 7 and Vista basic
 
 

Now the problem is now i put my cd in to my pc ( running vista now) and i picked the custom ( advanced) option and it restarted and on the restart i got asked " press any key to boot from the cd tray" or something like that i press any key and i got 3 options : windows setup , windows7 and vista now i am complete lost on what to do
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