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Windows 7: windows 7/vista multiboot questions

29 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate

Absolutely valid question.

Here is the story. I first installed Vista 64. But then I found out that my company VPN was not supported on 64 bit OS. Also some on line banking did not like Vista 64. Thus I installed Windows Vista 32 bit.

When Windows 7 came out I installed a copy (on the regular disk not the SSD). I have grown very used to Win7 and rarely use the two Vista installs.

Next I got the SSD and I know I installed Win7 (by now VPN compatibilities are resolved).

Each step I kept the previous OS so I can always revert back if needed. But I still have different programs that I can use and are not installed on all OS's.

Space wasted is a valid point as well but with the $130 dollar 2Tb drives disk space is cheap. Yes indeed I will not keep the Win7 64bit twice, but I will wait for a few weeks until I blow it away and reclaim the disk space.

On the otehr hand I still have a on line bank access that for the life of me only likes windows XP. Thus my next OS to add to the mix is XP. (after I dump the extra Win7 install). I have been reading on it in these forums but I would not be surprised if I have to ask for help. :)

Sorry if rubbed anyone the wrong way.

Regards and again thanks for your input.


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29 Oct 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I was just asking out of curiosity, that's all. You could simplify by just installing Windows 7, and then virtualizing XP for your banking needs...but I would honestly be more than blown away if the online banking didn't work with a specific OS. Hell, most work even under Linux. It is the browser that interacts with the site...not the if it was me, I'd get it to work under Windows 7, given that is more secure anyway. Are you using IE, or some other browser that might account for the issue? However, let's just say this is the one in a billion issue that is due to the OS....that would be my sign to switch banks to one that's competent.
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29 Oct 2010   #13
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It seems like you are satsified with Windows-managed Dual Boot for your various OS's so no need to change for performance reasons.

The issue of your SSD performance is likely due to the cloning. Some have good luck with cloning to SSD but we have been expecting cases where it turned out less than optimal and yours may be one.

Since there is no reason to sacrifice performance for cloning an SSD, I think you should clean reinstall Win7 allowing it to correctly reconfigure your multi-boot as it should during install with all other HD's plugged in. If not, add any missing OS using EasyBCD from Win7.

Take time to study alignment beforehand so that it is set up correctly for a clean reinstall:
SSD Alignment
SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7
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29 Oct 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate

Thanks for your help.

I did study the alignment subject after it was brought up further up. I did do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD. I run the diskpart utility and this is what I get: (the drive with the 111 Gb is the SSD I know the offset is supposed to by divisible by 4 which it is indeed).

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