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Windows 7: clean install of win 7 questions

18 Nov 2009   #1

vista home premium 32bit
clean install of win 7 questions

k, I want to get windows 7.

I currently have vista installed. I do not want to upgrade I want a clean install. But I want to install it on another hard drive. I have 3 hard drives connected using SATA. I want to keep all the files I have on the hard drive with vista (don't care about vista). Can I install win7 on the other hard drive? Also the HDD I want to install it on is now called "H" will it be called "C" after I install win7 and boot in win 7? Do I need to change the order of the HDDs?

Thanks in advance

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18 Nov 2009   #2
Orbital Shark


Hi cinek, welcome to the forums.

When installing Windows 7 (from the DVD) you can select a 'Custom Install' and then choose which HD to install onto. Once finished, you will have boot options for both Vista & Windows 7, alowing for copying or usage of the files on the other HD.

You can, later (type MSCONFIG into the Start Menu), delete the Vista selection from the 'Boot' tab.

Hope this helps

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18 Nov 2009   #3

vista home premium 32bit

thanks a lot for your answer. So I don't need to change the HDD order etc? what about this:

" Also the HDD I want to install it on is now called "H" will it be called "C" after I install Windows 7 and boot in win 7"
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18 Nov 2009   #4
Orbital Shark


1, No you don't need to change the order of them
2, Once booted, the OS determines that the HD that it booted from is 'C' then it works from Primary Master through to Secondary Slave...


If your 'H' drive is currently Secondary Master

Then it would/should work like this...

Secondary Master = C
Primary Master = D
Primary Slave = E
Secondary Slave = F

Any CD/DVD Drives will be labeled after the HDs have been taken care of

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18 Nov 2009   #5

vista home premium 32bit

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18 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE

If you want to keep the choice of booting into Vista, discard what has been said about deleting Vista from msconfig, but you can still go there and set Windows 7 as default OS to boot to.
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18 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7

Good advice, but just keep it simple.

Disconnect the hard drives you want to keep vista and data on and just have the hd you want to install W7 on. No chance for mistakes or later regrets.

After installation of W7 and reconnecting the hd's any renaming of the hd can easily be done using >manage>storage>diskmanagement later.

Better safe than sorry.
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