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Windows 7: dual boot vista win 7 min ds req

17 Jul 2009   #1
db46385

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dual boot vista win 7 min ds req

i want to install win 7 rc on my old laptop, and set up dual boot with vista, but i only have 26 gig of disk space on my primary drive. is this enough space. can any help


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17 Jul 2009   #2
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

26gb is enough for win7, I would recommend you use this tutorial as its the one i used and had no problems at all. Also when you partition the drive give win7 atleast 20gb in the partition thats what I did and the installation used about 10-12gb plus you need to leave room for a few programs. Anyway here is the tut: How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista - How To - Lifehacker

Edit: It is really easy as vista and win7 use basically the same bootloader so there is no need to muck around with that. Just partition the drive as shown in the tut and install it from a disc, making sure you do a custom install and it should do the boot menu and stuff for you.
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17 Jul 2009   #3
zigzag3143

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by db46385 View Post
i want to install win 7 rc on my old laptop, and set up dual boot with vista, but i only have 26 gig of disk space on my primary drive. is this enough space. can any help
Sorry but its not going to happen. Maybe xp and win 7 butvista 20gigs and win 7 20 gigs where would you store stuff. Dark drives are pretty cheap. mmight want to think about it.

Sorry I couldn't help

Ken
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17 Jul 2009   #4
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Sorry but its not going to happen. Maybe xp and win 7 butvista 20gigs and win 7 20 gigs where would you store stuff. Dark drives are pretty cheap. mmight want to think about it.

Sorry I couldn't help

Ken
I think he means he already has vista on there? Im not sure I just posted links to what I did to dual boot with vista pre-installed.
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17 Jul 2009   #5
db46385

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I have 15 gig on recovery drive and yes vista is already installed. where can i get dark drive. thanks
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17 Jul 2009   #6
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by db46385 View Post
I have 15 gig on recovery drive and yes vista is already installed. where can i get dark drive. thanks
I think he meant Hard Drive? lol If you have 26gb free you can just partition your current hard drive with a new 20gb partition and install win7 on that. Also you may need to move all the data to the beginning of the drive with a tool such as Perfect Disk 10 other wise it may only let you shrink the drive by say 3gb but we want 20gb. So by moving the data to the start of the drive it frees up space at the end of the drive for the new partition.
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17 Jul 2009   #7
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samstar1412 View Post
I think he means he already has vista on there? Im not sure I just posted links to what I did to dual boot with vista pre-installed.
He did and my bad, but 26 will not last long any way. Mine is 18 on 7600x32

Ken
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