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Windows 7: Trying to boot Windows 7 or Windows 8 from separate laptop drives

15 Mar 2013   #11
Microsoft MVP


I see. Didn't realize the larger drive was an SSD. Thanks for clarifying.

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15 Mar 2013   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In addition to use Win7 as qualifying OS to upgrade to Win8 you'll need to stop using Win7 during the time Win8 is activated.
Correct. Which is why I purchased a System Builder disk which I received just yesterday.
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15 Mar 2013   #13
Microsoft MVP


Looks like you've got your bases pretty well covered then.

Here are tips to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 based on what works best with countless thousands we've helped with here.

If you can disable in BIOS or remove the other SSD when you install to the target one, it may help with your issue by keeping the HD's independent so the boot files are not merely updated on the extant HD.

Then you'd set the preferred OS HD to boot first in BIOS setup, boot the other one using the Dell F12 Boot menu key.

if this isn't to your liking, you can install EasyBCD to Win8 to add Win7 to a Dual Boot which will still keep the System flag on each HD so they remain independent even though booted by a Windows Boot menu.

Let us know how it goes.
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