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Windows 7: Upgrading to 7 Professional on a multiboot

16 Mar 2010   #1
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 
Upgrading to 7 Professional on a multiboot

Hi, I'm new to the forums and figured this would be the best place to ask my question. I've looked all over the internet for the past two days and have just looked through the tutorials on the forums but can't seem to find anything that would help me. Currently I'm running a multiboot with XP and Vista Business (64 bit) and wanted to get rid of XP altogether and just have a Vista/7 multiboot. I have a partition set up for XP with 20 gigs. I was wondering if it would be safe to force delete the volume so that I have free space to create a partition for the 7 upgrade from Vista?


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16 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Yes, you can just delete the XP partition, and install Windows 7 there.

Windows 7 will create a new boot loader on its partition, and add Vista to it's BCD.

Just a warning, 20GB is mighty small for a Windows 7 partition. You may want to consider buying a bigger hard drive.
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16 Mar 2010   #3
brady

 

Like king said, 20GB could get you into some trouble down the line. Would suggest at least a 30GB partition for the OS and standards. Most programs can be installed to data partitions... but some can't.
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16 Mar 2010   #4
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

I can move space over (about 150GB hard drive). Right now it's set up so that the C drive is Vista, E is XP, and G is personal (with D being drivers for my laptop or things of the sort). Once I upgrade to 7, you said it creates a new boot loader, so will this mean that it will automatically create the multiboot for 7 and Vista for the next time I start up the system?
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16 Mar 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, it does mean that. If everything goes okay, you will have no problems.

If for whatever reason it doesn't set up the multi-boot, you can manually add it using the free program EasyBCD.
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16 Mar 2010   #6
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

Ok and just a few more questions (sorry! I'm looking through tutorials as I'm keeping up with this). I've read that you can install from a virtual drive (I have the iso file but don't want to burn a dvd and I don't have my USB drive with me) but I am a little curious still. I would think that if I mounted it using daemon tools and did the installation straight from the virtual cd, as soon as the installation restarts the virtual drive would be lost? And also, I was looking at a tutorial (Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista) and it said to perform a clean install if you wanted to install on a specific partition, but I wanted to upgrade so that all my files transferred. Will that be a problem or will I have to clean install in order to get it to install on the specific partition? (in this case E:\)
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16 Mar 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

As soon as you rebooted, the virtual drive would be unmounted and it could not go on, so I don't think that will work.

What you could do is just copy all the files to the hard drive, and run the setup.exe file.
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16 Mar 2010   #8
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

Also, now that I'm looking at it (I had EasyBCD already installed), it says the drive for Windows XP is S:, but I'm almost certain it's on E:... Is there any way you could help me understand that?
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16 Mar 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Type diskmgmt.msc into the start menu and press enter.

That should tell you what you want to know.
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16 Mar 2010   #10
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

ok so if i extract the iso file onto another partition then it would work?
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