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Windows 7: dual booting

12 Feb 2011   #1
deanie44

windows 7 X64
 
 
dual booting

Hi everyone. I would like to have Windows 7 and Windows Vista on the same hard drive. Is that possible? I have been reading the tutorial, but I cannot make another primary partition or make a logical drive on my hard drive. Also, can you use a 32 bit operating system of Vista on a 64 bit Windows 7? There are programs that will work on windows Vista, but will not operate on Window 7. I was thinking of installing a second HD, but I do not have an opening for it. I would appreciate any help that is given to me. I am attaching a picture of my disk management for reference. Thank you. deanie44




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12 Feb 2011   #2
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Right you are going to need to get rid of that Free Space so I would Expand the Partition OS by 200GB then Shrink it by How much you want
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12 Feb 2011   #3
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

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12 Feb 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You will need to make Partitions 4,5,6. in to one partition.
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12 Feb 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello deanie44.



All you have to do is use Windows 7 disk management to right click, create/format the free space and then Windows Vista can be installed to that space and it will boot without issue as the "Recovery" partition is "System Active" (where the system boot files are stored) and when Vista is installed its boot files will be created to the "Recovery" partition also.


Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
have a look at this.


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12 Feb 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Any program that will run in Vista should also be able to run in Win7, if necessary using Compatibility Mode.

If you miss it that badly you can install Vista to the Logical free space using Bare foot's steps.

You can also gather the Unallocated space at the right end of the HD into the Media Center partition when you're ready by rightclicking it in Disk Mgmt to Delete Volume (making it Logical Free Space) then Extend Media Center partition using tutorial posted by Shadowjk.
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15 Feb 2011   #7
deanie44

windows 7 X64
 
 
Thanks Gentlemen

Thanks you fellows for helping me, but I decided not to install Vista. What was I thinking. I get bored every once in a while and feel the need to experiment. Sorry for the inconvenience I may have caused anyone. Thanks deanie44
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15 Feb 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

No problem, that's what we're here for.
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