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Windows 7: Dual Boot - both Win 7

28 Aug 2010   #1
rpossum

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 
Dual Boot - both Win 7

I'm a Beta Tester for a major audio program, so I need to have a copy of Win7 running on a separate partition so I can always go back to the stable version of my software in case the Beta version craps out.
I created an image of my C drive with Macrium Reflect, created a partition on another drive (calling it P), then restored the image to the P drive. Set up a dual boot... everything's cool.
I can boot to the P drive copy just fine. That drive shows the little Windows icon on it ... system is running from there.
Now, here's the issue. What I need to do is to uninstall the older version of this audio program in that version of Win7 (on P), leaving it intact on my original boot (C). Then I will install the new, BETA version under the P boot. This way I can boot to P for testing and boot to C for stable work.
I just ran some tests and have found that uninstalling programs while booted to P does not work properly... when I look at the drives side by side, I find that while the uninstaller for, say, Photoshop, went through it's process, it actually deleted the files from the C drive.
I assume that all file references in the P copy are still to files on the C drive.
Any ideas?
Thanks
Russell


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28 Aug 2010   #2
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

My question here would be that when you boot up to the Windows 7 Installation on P:, what drive is shown as the System Drive in "Computer". Particularly, which drive has the little Windows flag indicating it is the system drive?
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28 Aug 2010   #3
rpossum

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 

They both say "System", but the P drive has the Windows logo on it.
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28 Aug 2010   #4
rpossum

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 

I just went ahead and installed from the discs... takes longer, but gives you a clean copy on a separate partition that knows where it is.
Cheers
Russell
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28 Aug 2010   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

If you changed the letter of the system partition (I.E. FROM C to P), then that will break a lot of things.

If you label the first (stable) install C, then label the other beta install P, leave it. When you install the OS onto the beta drive, IT WILL BE LABELED AS C DRIVE. This MUST stay (unless it is the FIRST thing you did, and even then I think it would cause problems). You can rename the drives (NOT) the letters all you want.

That might explain your problem.

~Lordbob
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28 Aug 2010   #6
rpossum

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 

no, i didn't change the drive letter of the C drive,
I created a new partition on another clean drive and called it P.
I made an image of C, then restored it to P.

What I have done now that does seem to work is this:
I ran the Win7 installer and when asked which drive to install to, I chose P.
It installed fine and now I can boot to either the new clean copy of Windows, or to the original copy that's still on C.
Cheers
Russell
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28 Aug 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rpossum View Post
no, i didn't change the drive letter of the C drive,
I created a new partition on another clean drive and called it P.
I made an image of C, then restored it to P.

What I have done now that does seem to work is this:
I ran the Win7 installer and when asked which drive to install to, I chose P.
It installed fine and now I can boot to either the new clean copy of Windows, or to the original copy that's still on C.
Cheers
Russell
What I meant is that the system drive MUST be the C drive on both operating systems.
Boot into your test system and make sure the system drive is C. If not, make it so. I bet that will fix it.

~Lordbob
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29 Aug 2010   #8
rpossum

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 

a-ha
now I see what you're saying
So forgive me if this is a dumb question, but how do I change P to C.
I know you change drive letters in Computer Management, but if I boot to the volume on P, then try to change C to something else so I can change P to C, it won't let me do it.
Thanks for all the help
Cheers
Russell
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29 Aug 2010   #9
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Can you post a screenshot of disk management from both installs?

~Lordbob
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29 Aug 2010   #10
rpossum

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 

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