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Windows 7: Want to make Win 7 System Partition DualBoot

28 Jun 2010   #71
Microsoft MVP


Magnifique. You are quite the roser.

You did great, friend, trying to wring a dual boot out of that mobo. Seems it won't budge. But the Windows Dual Boot you have now should allow you to do what you want with the imaging.

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29 Jun 2010   #72
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

One other thing I would point out here would be the way the drives are set up on the system there, Since the Vista drive was already a stand alone but plugged in as the first drive on the system in order to see the 7 drive made the actual host afterwards would be having the 7 drive plugged into port #1 and performing a clean install of 7 while the Vista was present as the primary slave plugged into port #2.

Once 7 was installed Vista would be added in automatically as the "orevious version of Windows" option first seen on the boot options menu. EasyBCD would then be used to rename that to Windows Vista or Vista (name of edition being run) as adjusting the display time for selecting Vista by lowering down from the default 30 seconds to the lowest you were comfortable in order to speed up the 7 startup or a fast choice to boot into Vista.

The 7 host drive would still see working images made from it including the entry for Vista even while it can also be easily removed if and When Vista is no longer present.

For seeing Vista added in afterwards you have to manually add it in using the Add New Entry option selecting the name of the entry and selecting the drive letter Vista is seen on in the 7 Disk Management tool as well as in Windows Explorer, Computer. EasyBCD doesn't automatically detect and install secondary OSs on it's own. Once you create the new entry the entry itself is seen when clicking on the View Setting tab to verify it is correct as well as seeing how it appears below or above the 7 default entry.

To illustrate things a little better here I added a fast install of Vista Home Premium onto a separate freed up for other projects lately where the images being added here will show the steps of how to add Vista into the 7 BCD store with the EasyBCD program. Notice that each step is verified to insure the new entry was correct.

Additional information is seen in the documentation at the neosmart site there for Vista as well as XP or another OS in the wiki there.

Along with adding the new boot option entry in for Vista you can also set which will be the default version, lower the display time, and even rearrange which will be seen above or below the other on the screen at startup. The first step however is to initialize the drive and assign the drive letter prior to starting EasyBCD so the drive letter used in the 7 Disk Management tool is seen as an option when adding the new entry in.

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