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Windows 7: Can Windows 7 upgrade create multiboot?

08 Jul 2009   #1
Howard Kaikow

Vista
 
 
Can Windows 7 upgrade create multiboot?

Can a Windows 7 Pro upgrade kit be used to create a multiboot system with XP or Vista?

Or does one need the full Windows 7 Pro kit to create a multiboot systyem?


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08 Jul 2009   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That will be interesting to see since you can run the installer while booted in Vista for a custom install to a D primary while there. For XP?

That's takes a boot off of the full version disk as a rule to custom install to a second primary if XP is already on the same as with Vista except you can run the installer while booted in Vista but can not when booted in XP! 7 is the upgrade for Vista being the next version inline there.

For setting up a dual boot with XP or Vista installed after 7 once the upgrade takes place where you then add one or the other into the 7 BCD you will need to review the two guides written on dual booting.

For a dual of XP along with 7, Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

For a dual boot of Vista with 7, Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

The upgrade kit will simply be the upgrade disk itself along with a paperback boot included in the retail package on 7. That's typically seen with any retail purchase of any version of Windows.

The first to know about upgrading Vista is that the Business edition of Vista would allow the immediate upgrade to 7 Pro. The Home Premium or Ultimate editions will not! The editions have to match for that to work.
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08 Jul 2009   #3
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

The upgrade discs are supposed to have the full OS on them (just a upgrade license attached, to my understanding)> I would also like to know how that turns out myself
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08 Jul 2009   #4
Howard Kaikow

Vista
 
 

Thanx.

The notebook is Vista Home Premium, so you are saying that I would need 7 Home, not Pro as an upgrade. But could I install the 7 Home upgrade in a clean partition?

The XP system has not been built yet, so I may be able to install the 7 Pro upgrade using the XP Pro retail CD as qualification, then install XP Pro after 7 Pro upgrade. The XP kit is retail full, not upgrade. Will that work?
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09 Jul 2009   #5
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Vista Home Premium->7 Home Premium
You can install 7 in a clean partition...its just gets a little odd

Here is some steps...
Install 7 (don't enter your product key!!!)
boot into 7 when its done and run setup.exe off the 7 DVD
Install 7 on 7 (I know...just trust me) and enter your product key now
relax your done
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09 Jul 2009   #6
Howard Kaikow

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane2424 View Post
Vista Home Premium->7 Home Premium
You can install 7 in a clean partition...its just gets a little odd

Here is some steps...
Install 7 (don't enter your product key!!!)
boot into 7 when its done and run setup.exe off the 7 DVD
Install 7 on 7 (I know...just trust me) and enter your product key now
relax your done
Thanx.

I guess that I better order 1 of each of 7 Home Premium and Professional if the pre-order is still available.
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09 Jul 2009   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I'll be skipping right over both of those here for the Ultimate once 7 is out. The clean install method for an upgrade disk would also apply to the Pro edition as well as the Home Premium since you already have a genuine disk from a previous version if called for.

A new XP system? I have to build another case to upgrade a family out of XP Pro into 7 Pro since that will support virtualization and of course seeing XP Pro in the XP mode there to begin with.

For a basic machine without all that then you would see the Home Premium edition go there. You kind of have to weigh the differences between the editions. The one way to decide is to look over the comparisons based on your own user preferences as well as simply grabbing the promotional discounts. Compare Windows 7 Editions
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