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Windows 7: Dual Boot Win7 x64 with Vista x64

03 Apr 2009   #11

Windows Vista Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes you could do that.
If you are ok to keep it on an external HD, that's fine.
As far as I know all that's on the D drive is a backup image I made, which I consider expendable since from what I can gather the factory default image is on one of the EISA-config partitions. I can keep the image I made on an external device since I can rely on the factory partition to get things back up and running in the event of catastrophe, and then copy the image back over, or else simply restore from right on the external device.

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03 Apr 2009   #12

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Sounds fine to me.

You might want to make another backup image every now and again- so it's reasonably up to date - you can delete the old ones if you are short of space.

If you use the restore to Factory image option, you will need to set everything up again, reinstall your programs (assuming you still have their setup files), get all the Windows updates, etc. Better than having no restore function, but your own images will be far better than that.

You could use this free app. to make backup images - I use it all the time.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

There is also a good partition app. going free if you d/l and install in the next few hours. If you don't already have a good 64 bit compatible partition manager - suggest you grab this while it's going

Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. Today: EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition 3.5 - EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition is a comprehensive hard disk partition management tool to let you enjoy all the powerful ...
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04 Apr 2009   #13

Windows Vista Home Premium x64

I've heard good things about EASEUS and their products so that's a TERRIFIC find, thanks for the recommendation!
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04 Apr 2009   #14

Windows Vista Home Premium x64

Alright, no sooner so I solve one problem than another presents itself. I have a feeling this one's Acer-specific but here goes anyway:

I've got the beta for Windows 7 x64 all ready to go. But I can't get it onto my system! The Acer boot sequence is apparently a little different than the Dell one because I can't get to the menu that lets me choose my boot device (HDD, USB, CD drive, etc.). I've tried changing the boot sequence in the BIOS, which resulted in the computer reading from the drive, but then hanging there, with a black screen and a white cursor in the upper left-hand corner.

Has anyone else run across this, with either build 7000 or 7068? I've now encountered it with both, using (in the case of 7.7000) a DVD that worked perfectly on another computer previously.
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04 Apr 2009   #15

Win 7

You can run the setup from within your current OS, there is no need to boot from the disc. If you wish to change the boot order you will need to edit the BCD, a guide can be found here BCDEDIT - How to Use

Command line not your thing, no problem try Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies or VistaBootPRO - Windows Vista BCDEdit Dual Boot XP and Windows 7 both are free.
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