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Windows 7: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

27 Oct 2009   #70
subways81

Windows7
 
 

Hi All,

I have been dual booting XP and 7 since beta 7059 (or there abouts). Today I formatted my XP patition and installed win7 Ultimate RTM (for MCE purposes) so that I could have one win7 os for work and one win7 os for home. Anyhow, now I have lost the boot menu and my lappy boots straight into the "home" os.

I have tried messing with bcdedit, but to no avail. Seems it thinks I dont have another partition with any OS installed...

Hope you guys can help, got time cos im suck at home all week with the black death (flu...lol)

quick copy paste from my fun with bcdedit

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit
Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {64c282ee-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
displayorder {current}
{64c282f2-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {64c282f0-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {64c282ee-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
nx OptIn
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {64c282f2-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Work 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {64c282f0-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {64c282ee-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387}
nx OptIn

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /set {64c282f2-c358-11de-9d07-f2199806e387} device p
artion=D:
The device is not valid as specified.
Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
The parameter is incorrect.
C:\Windows\system32>

Cheers,
Mike


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27 Oct 2009   #71
subways81

Windows7
 
 

Ok, Sorted.

EasyBCD 1.7.2, my hero.

Cheers all
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28 Oct 2009   #72
ryan87500

 
 

If I did a dual boot W7 64bit and Vista 32bit and when I entered the key after installation it worked does that mean I had a full version key? Or is it possible it saw the vista on the second partition and used that to complete my upgrade?
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28 Oct 2009   #73
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryan87500 View Post
If I did a dual boot W7 64bit and Vista 32bit and when I entered the key after installation it worked does that mean I had a full version key? Or is it possible it saw the vista on the second partition and used that to complete my upgrade?
Hello Ryan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you dual booted, you did a clean install instead. It depends on what type of Windows 7 you bought (ex: Upgrade or Full) for what type of product key you have though.

It has been confirmed that you can do clean installs with a retail Upgrade Windows as well.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Oct 2009   #74
ryan87500

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryan87500 View Post
If I did a dual boot W7 64bit and Vista 32bit and when I entered the key after installation it worked does that mean I had a full version key? Or is it possible it saw the vista on the second partition and used that to complete my upgrade?
Hello Ryan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you dual booted, you did a clean install instead. It depends on what type of Windows 7 you bought (ex: Upgrade or Full) for what type of product key you have though.

It has been confirmed that you can do clean installs with a retail Upgrade Windows as well.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Shawn,

I purchased the upgrade download from DR. I made the iso, shrunk my current partition and did a custom install option. Once Windows was installed I ran all the updates clicked on activate and it worked without me having to do any of the other tricks.

So I was wondering if I have one of the full version keys and if I format in the future I wont have to do any of the upgrade tricks mentioned in the tutorial you posted.

Thanks
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28 Oct 2009   #75
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryan87500 View Post
Shawn,

I purchased the upgrade download from DR. I made the iso, shrunk my current partition and did a custom install option. Once Windows was installed I ran all the updates clicked on activate and it worked without me having to do any of the other tricks.

So I was wondering if I have one of the full version keys and if I format in the future I wont have to do any of the upgrade tricks mentioned in the tutorial you posted.

Thanks
No, you shouldn't have to. If it worked the first time it should from now on.
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31 Oct 2009   #76
longevityrt

Windows 7 & Vista
 
 
Dual boot problem on first Vista Start-Up (7 is fine)

Team...

I successfully installed 7 on my existing Vista machine using the dual boot instructions.

Althought, the first time I went back to boot with Vista, it essentially created a new user although it does have my files. So my outlook has to be re-setup, etc...
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31 Oct 2009   #77
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Longevityrt, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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01 Nov 2009   #78
Howard Kaikow

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by longevityrt View Post
Team...

I successfully installed 7 on my existing Vista machine using the dual boot instructions.

Althought, the first time I went back to boot with Vista, it essentially created a new user although it does have my files. So my outlook has to be re-setup, etc...
Why would it create a new user?

Are your previous users still defined?
If so, could you not ignore the new user?
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03 Nov 2009   #79
FHSPSU67

Windows 7 Professional and Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Just have to report that I've followed these instructions to a "T" and they work beautifully! I now have a dual-boot Win7 Professional/Vista Ultimate 64-bit system to play with. So far I like everything I've explored.
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