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Windows 7: Seven/Vista Dual Boot issue

10 Nov 2009   #1
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 
Seven/Vista Dual Boot issue

First off, are there any compatibility issues between 32bit and 64? Windows 7 is 64 and Vista is setup in 32... When I first load up Vista, I have to launch the task manager then explorer.exe to get my main screen to show. Then, doing about anything will net me a billion error messages. I'm currently typing this on the Vista side and cannot use "Enter" without getting an error....which means I cannot make paragraphs right now. I've tried doing a clean install (as I just threw my Vista hardrive back into my computer to setup the dual boot, 7 is on it's own HD) but the recovery disc I have is OEM (Sony) and for some reason doesn't want to load to the "D:" drive. If anyone has any thoughts, I'd appreciate some help/advice. Otherwise i'll just pull the HD and put a clean one back in...dont' really need Vista but thought since I had the spare drive, why not?


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11 Nov 2009   #2
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

Anyone?
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11 Nov 2009   #3
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

the two operating systems can not intefere with each other

your vista install sounds broken


I have two hard drives on my system , the first drive is four partitions with win7 ultimate 64bit then vista 32bit business then XPx86 and win7 64 bit pro,
the second drive is three partitions the first is my ISO's then data in the second partition and shared installs mostly games in the third.
when i install an OS i simply point at the data and haven't had any problems beyond some basic permissions so far
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11 Nov 2009   #4
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

Okay...thought maybe the two were incompatible since the Vista side is reaching into the Windows 7 side for things. But, if that's not supposed to happen, then clearly the Vista OS is messed up.

Thanks for the help.
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11 Nov 2009   #5
gregrocker

 

Just unplug the Vista drive, mark Win7 active and set to boot first in BIOS, then see if it works to your satisfaction.

If it fails to boot, then boot into the Win7 installer and run Startup repair 3 times as there may be multiple issues to repair.

If you want to reinstall Vista, suggest you do it with Win7 unplugged so that you set up a boot from BIOS shortcut key (normally f10) rather than dual boot. When you plug Win7 back in the will be independent and boot according to which is set first in BIOS or using BIOS shortcut key at bootup.
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