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Windows 7: installing 7 then vista

08 Oct 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

Did Win7 come with your computer, or did you buy it separately?

Do you have a second HD?


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08 Oct 2010   #12
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

The way it sounds is that, no, you can not install that (OEM) version of 7 that you have from your old system on another system. Well you can for the 30 day trial only, IF it will let you do that, but you can not activate it. Some times they make those install disks check the BIOS to make sure the Model PC it is being installed on is the correct one. But not all the OEM's do that.

To clarify,,, OEM = (Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba, etc)
System Builder OEM = Joe Shop Owner, Friend who purchased System Builder OS from New Egg, or other of same nature.

The above 2 are locked to the first PC they are activated on and can not be transferred to another system.

Retail = You bought it at Best Buy. This can be transferred to as many systems as you like as long as it is installed and activated on only 1 at a time.


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then later use the vista system image thats on a seperate data partition to go back to vista
The answer is maybe. If you mess something up during the install of 7. Then it is possible you will wipe out or possibly cause changes that could affect the ability to use the restore partition on that drive.

IF you are careful, then yes, you should be able to install Windows 7 on the drive as a dual boot OS and later reinstall Vista back to Factory Default using the image from the Restore partition.

IF you are using a System Image created later from within Windows, then you will more than likely blow away the Factory Restore partition.

But there is more to it than just slapping the OS Install disk in and clicking install.
You need to make sure you have enough room on the drive to create another partition to install the second OS. If not, you will need to make the room using a Partition Resizer software.
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08 Oct 2010   #13
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

i have windows 7 on a retail disk
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08 Oct 2010   #14
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did Win7 come with your computer, or did you buy it separately?

Do you have a second HD?
i bought windows 7 and i dont have a second hd i just found the vista recovery cds you spoke of earlier
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08 Oct 2010   #15
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
The way it sounds is that, no, you can not install that (OEM) version of 7 that you have from your old system on another system. Well you can for the 30 day trial only, IF it will let you do that, but you can not activate it. Some times they make those install disks check the BIOS to make sure the Model PC it is being installed on is the correct one. But not all the OEM's do that.

To clarify,,, OEM = (Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba, etc)
System Builder OEM = Joe Shop Owner, Friend who purchased System Builder OS from New Egg, or other of same nature.

The above 2 are locked to the first PC they are activated on and can not be transferred to another system.

Retail = You bought it at Best Buy. This can be transferred to as many systems as you like as long as it is installed and activated on only 1 at a time.


Quote:
then later use the vista system image thats on a seperate data partition to go back to vista
The answer is maybe. If you mess something up during the install of 7. Then it is possible you will wipe out or possibly cause changes that could affect the ability to use the restore partition on that drive.

IF you are careful, then yes, you should be able to install Windows 7 on the drive as a dual boot OS and later reinstall Vista back to Factory Default using the image from the Restore partition.

IF you are using a System Image created later from within Windows, then you will more than likely blow away the Factory Restore partition.

But there is more to it than just slapping the OS Install disk in and clicking install.
You need to make sure you have enough room on the drive to create another partition to install the second OS. If not, you will need to make the room using a Partition Resizer software.
What if i use my retail windows 7 cd to install windows 7 on this machine would i be able to use the factory vista recovery cds i created when i was prompted to do so after i first bought this machine to go back to vista
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08 Oct 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Yes, is this the same machine you said earlier had the Recovery disks lost? Did you find them?

I guess the point is that you want a reliable Vista backup: Dual Booting leaving Vista still on the HD, save the Recovery partition, have Recov disks which are known to work (try booting them), or a Macrium system image you back up externally which would save everything in place as it is now.

I would have one or two of those methods to be sure.

Of course, you can always reinstall Vista by finding any retail Vista installer, unlock all versions to reinstall the licensed version - if it came to that - Or order Recovery disks from the manufacturer which normally just costs shipping.

Be sure to back up your Mom's files. Have you considered doing an in-place Upgrade?
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08 Oct 2010   #17
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

ok thanks all of you for your responses i love this forum my questions always get answered thanks a ton hopefully this will go well if not ehh im screwed lol
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09 Oct 2010   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Vista is already "unlocked" any version can be installed from any full installer DVD as long as it's the same bit-rate.
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