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25 Jan 2010   #11
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can run 7 setup from within Vista without any damage to your Vista installation.


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25 Jan 2010   #12
acdcfan

Windows 7 64 ultimate ( to be installed)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You can run 7 setup from within Vista without any damage to your Vista installation.
I will try to boot from it ....
My boot manager should stay intact, shouldn't it?
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25 Jan 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

I'd remove the formatting from the Win7 target HD in DISK0 partition.

This is because the installer looks for the first active partition to place or update the MBR when configuring the boot.

Since you want a multi-boot with XP/Vista, you need to have Win7 update the MBR on the System Active XP drive.

To avoid confusing the installer by installing to an active drive which is before the System Active (XP) drive, remove the active flag from Win7 by removing the formatting now and using the booted Win7 installer to create and format the partition.

If for some reason Win7 DVD cannot be booted to use Custom Drive Tools to format DISK0, then run the installer from Vista as it will auto-format during Copying Files phase.

You could also move XP HD into DISK0 position to avoid a possible problem.
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25 Jan 2010   #14
acdcfan

Windows 7 64 ultimate ( to be installed)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'd feel a little better assuring you that Win7 will correctly configure your multi-boot if XP remains in the DISK0 position. This is because the installer looks for the first active partition to place the MBR, or in the case of a dual- or multi-boot, to update the MBR accordingly.
It is difficult to swap it all around

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
However, if it is inconvenient to swap XP into DISK0 position, I think you can solve this easily enough by deleting the formatting from the Win7 target HD to remove the active flag, then use the booted Win7 installer to create and format the partition to install there.
OK
I will delete partition and format it from installation disk

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you can't boot the Win7 installer and must run it from Vista, you won't get the Custom Drive tools to delete/create/format partitions. But the Win7 installer will auto-format the unallocated space during the Copying Files phase, so you can go ahead and delete the Win7 hD formatting now in Vista Disk Mgmt and begin the install from Vista if neccessary.
right now all I want is to install it
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25 Jan 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Then you're good to go. If an OS is missing from boot menu, we can help you add it easily enough using EasyBCD 2.0 beta which is fully automated.
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25 Jan 2010   #16
acdcfan

Windows 7 64 ultimate ( to be installed)
 
 

I thank Theog, Gregrocker and SIW2 for their help....
Guys I have tipped your scales ....

Now If you can show me how to bring all my bookmarks, bookmarks tool bar and my passwords from Vista to W7 would be great
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25 Jan 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Hopefully you have your bookmarks backed up to the default Documents bookmark folder location, or somewhere. They require exporting to be reimported.

In IE8, click Favorites>Add to Favorites down-arrow>Import>Import from File>Favorites>Location of bookmark file.
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25 Jan 2010   #18
acdcfan

Windows 7 64 ultimate ( to be installed)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hopefully you have your bookmarks backed up to the default Documents bookmark folder location, or somewhere. They require exporting to be reimported.

In IE8, click Favorites>Add to Favorites down-arrow>Import>Import from File>Favorites>Location of bookmark file.
I will boot into Vista and export it all.....
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25 Jan 2010   #19
acdcfan

Windows 7 64 ultimate ( to be installed)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hopefully you have your bookmarks backed up to the default Documents bookmark folder location, or somewhere. They require exporting to be reimported.

In IE8, click Favorites>Add to Favorites down-arrow>Import>Import from File>Favorites>Location of bookmark file.
For some reason, probably because it was no good previously, I still tend to use Firefox
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25 Jan 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

Yeah they finally got IE perfected in Win7. Never misses a beat. I wouldn't use anything else here.
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