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Windows 7: Installation Help ( First Time Doing It)

04 Apr 2011   #1
CookieMonsta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 
Installation Help ( First Time Doing It)

Hello , First of all i want to tell you before you continue reading that this is my First time installing an OS , i have no clue how to do it, so you would have to explain me in a " installing for dummies " way .

Currently i have Windows Vista Home premium x64, and i would like to install windows 7. Unfortunately i don't have an external drive to backup my data. I was asking my friends and they were telling me that to do a partition.

My question is: Can i make a partition , store my data there ( let's call it "Disk A " ) and install Windows 7 in the actual drive where vista is located [ "C" ],or in another partition, and then wipe where Vista is located to stay only with 7, so would be something like replacing 7 for vista. Without loosing the data. And keep that partition where the data is

I have only 1 Hard Drive [750GB]

I have looked the guides but i couldn't find what i needed to continue, so i decided to ask.

Thank you for your time and help


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04 Apr 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello CookieMonsta, welcome to Seven Forums!



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.


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04 Apr 2011   #3
CookieMonsta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

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04 Apr 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have you created the set of HP recovery disks yet, so you can take it back to Vista if ever needed?


Do you ever plan to take it back to Vista or will you do Windows 7 from now on?



The method outlined in this tutorial at the link below is the way I would take this.

Clean Install Windows 7 : Ahead of Vista
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04 Apr 2011   #5
CookieMonsta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

I'm not planning to return to vista , i would like to move on to 7
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04 Apr 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The method outlined in this tutorial at the link below is the way I would take this if I were in your position, it's a completely safe method and you will not lose anything on the Vista install until you intentionally remove it.

Clean Install Windows 7 : Ahead of Vista
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04 Apr 2011   #7
CookieMonsta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

OK it looks like that is what i need , i just will need you to guide me in some stuffs.

The first part you shirk where Vista is to have enough space for 7, then created a partition , installed in the 7 in the new partition , right ?

in my case i would have to make a partition to store my personal data and another one for the windows 7 ?
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04 Apr 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Let's do this one step at a time, you're in no real big hurry right?

Don't do anything to the Vista partition yet, leave everything right where it is!


First download the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) ISO file to the desktop, from this first link below and then use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD, when that's done post back here and we'll pick it up again there.


Scroll down to see the PWBD ISO file download.

Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

Use this program to create the PWBD.

ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software


click an image to enlarge
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05 Apr 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CookieMonsta View Post
OK it looks like that is what i need , i just will need you to guide me in some stuffs.

The first part you shirk where Vista is to have enough space for 7, then created a partition , installed in the 7 in the new partition , right ?

in my case i would have to make a partition to store my personal data and another one for the windows 7 ?
You do not have to create any partitions first to move any of your personal data to before you do Step One, that's the whole purpose of using this method.

After you have created the PWBD you then boot the PWBD to do just Step One in the tutorial I posted above to Resize the left side of the Vista partition; after Step One completes, remove the PWBD from the CD/DVD drive and at the upper left pane of the Partition Wizard program that's still open click General then Exit to close the PW program and restart Windows Vista to let it accept the new changes you just made as outlined in the tutorial.

The Vista restarts must be done to let Vista accept the changes!

When you are completely finished with all the steps of the tutorial you will have two (2) complete Windows OS that are fully functioning and this way you will be able to move all your personal data to the new Windows 7 at your leisure.

Then when you are completely sure you have everything from Vista you need, then you will be able to completely remove Vista and use that partition for additional storage if you choose.

Please be sure to post back here to keep me updated as you proceed.
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05 Apr 2011   #10
CookieMonsta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Sorry for the delay , i had to leave yesterday.

I just finished to burn the PWBD to the disc

OK so first i follow the steps of the "How To Change the Drive Boot Priority in BIOS" to set the optical drive as first in order, then i move to the " How to Install Windows 7 to a Partition Ahead of Installed Vista" tutorial and do the step #1.

and then i continue with the remainin steps of the second guide , right ?

One question , is there a recommended number that i should set the shrink to ? and when i do this , will loose the data that is in there ?
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