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Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Q: Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Is it possible to set up a dual-boot system with Windows Vista OEM on one hard drive and install Windows 7 Upgrade on another hard drive? Windows 7 would be the primary and Windows Vista would be the secondary.

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A: Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Easiest is to install each with the other HD unplugged, then set preferred as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, trigger other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps each independent to come and go as you please.

If you don't like that method then you can install EasyBCD to Win7 to add Vista to a Win7 Dual Boot menu which will leave them independent.
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A:Windows 8 Upgrade - trying to dual boot with Vista 32 bit

You can do a clean install, but you need to delete the Windows Vista install.

Originally Posted by Microsoft

What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
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1. system reserved 100MB
2. win7 32 bit partition
3. xp partition
4. additional partition for data

And now i need to upgrade win7 32 to win 7 64 bit. I know it has to be a clean install.
I searched the forum and found info about creating dual boot 7/xp.

Basically right now i have both iof them installed, so if i reinstall/clean instal windows 7 on partition 2 will windows xp stay bootable?

Is this the way to go?
Format my partition 2 and install fresh copy win7 64 bit?
What about boot info for xp?


A:upgrade win7 on dual boot system with windows xp

Let us see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

During the booted Clean Install Windows 7 Steps 7/8 delete System Reserved and Windows 7 partition only, then create in that space a new partition for the install which will also likely create a new System Reserved partition. Format both partitions, make sure the new C partition is highlighted, then click Next.

This should configure a Dual Boot with XP, but if not afterwards install EasyBCD to add XP to a Windows Dual Boot.

Also look over the steps to do a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which covers everything to back up, how to achieve and maintain a perfect install.
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A:Windows 7 upgrade install on Win7/Vista dual boot

You can upgrade, but you will need to repair your MBR with BartPE or a similar program.
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I've run the update assessment tool from Microsoft and it tells me there is no worries about the Adaptec driver (Does it means its embedded on the original DVD?)

I'm wondering if Windows 7 will let me choose the Vista partition, format and install on it, replacing the "Boot Windows Vista" entry on the boot manager, but keeping the Windows XP entry.

Is it going to be that way? Does Windows 7 REPLACE (with DELETION) Windows Vista Boot Manager?

Thanks early!

A:How to Upgrade Vista to W7 on a Dual Boot System

Yes, Win7 will reconfigure the Dual Boot accurately.

The only complication might be in the RAID array which can sometimes confuse the installer, but if it worked for Vista then it should be okay for Win7.
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A:Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

This great new tutorial from Barefootkid will show you with pictures exactly how to accomplish this using the best partitioning tool for Win7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Use Option One in the tutorial and substitute your Vista partition for the 100mb boot partition he refers to there.

Read the Note as once you delete Vista partition then Resize Win7 into its disk space and mark Win7 active, you'll need to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Win7 and start it up.

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A:Removing Windows XP from a Vista Dual Boot System

the bootloader you are using is probably that of vista.. try booting with the vista dvd.. then go to command prompt.. type Bootrec.exe /FixMbr to fix vista's bootloader and try booting again..
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A:Remove Windows Vista From Dual Boot System

Right-click Computer -> Click Properties. On the left panel you should see "Advanced system settings". Click that. You should be brought to the system properties familiar to NT 5.0 and 5.1 (2000 and XP). Click the Settings button in the Startup and Recovery box.

Vista and 7 no longer allow you to edit the boot file from here since it uses a newer boot system. This screen will still allow you to just boot straight to 7. Make sure the Default Operating System is set to 7. Uncheck "Time to display list of operating systems:" and hit OK. Now you won't SEE Vista as an option anymore.

Now it's time to REMOVE it. Right-click Computer -> Click Manage -> Select Disk Management. Vista and 7 use a separate partition for the boot record. DO NOT touch this partition. Find the partition Vista is on, right-click it, and click Delete Volume. Hit 'Yes' on the confirmation screen and you're done with Vista. You can now extend 7 onto that partition.
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A:installing a dual boot windows operating system with vista on HP pavilion dv6500 lapt

Try and read this.

It mentions finding the intel SATA driver, putting it on a floppy, and pressing F6 during the WinXP install and loading the SATA drivers.
Then WinXP installer should find the hard drive.

However if you want to keep Vista around, you will have to resize your partition before attempting to install XP.
To do this you would need Partition Magic or GParted.

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A:Dual boot windows vista and windows 7 boot error winload.exe

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

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A:Dual Boot Windows 7 using Upgrade CD

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It won't damage anything on your Vista partition.
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A:Windows 8 upgrade with Win 7 in dual boot ?

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A:Windows Upgrade with dual boot

Hi Damoh,

You may want to have a look here which should give you some pointers ...

How to dual-boot Vista with Linux (with Linux installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

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A:Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 Upgrade?

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A:Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade in dual boot

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Only having 20g would a issue for you, hope this helps.
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A:Windows 8: Create a System Image on a Dual Boot OS Windows 7

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A:How to format drive (windows xp) on dual boot system (windows 7 pro)

I'd guess your problem is that you want to boot from C and format D, but Windows frowns at that when it sees that D contains your system files.

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A:dual booted p/c xp/windows 7 system won't boot to windows 7

It's interesting that it seems to want to run Disk Check
so maybe if you boot into the disk's System Recovery Options Command line to run Option 3 Disk Check command it will complete and repair the file system as it seems to be attempting.

Otherwise to reinstall you must boot into the Win7 disk to do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7. Boot the disk as shown in How to Boot A Computer from CD or DVD - YouTube.

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 By far the best option is to install Classic Shell.  That gives you back a Start button and menu like we have with Windows 7.  You can download it from and it's totally FREE.  Installing Windows 7 on a computer that came with Windows 8 is problematic because of numerous things.  First, most such computers have replaced the BIOS we've used for decades with something new called UEFI and a different way of formatting the hard drive.  Next you might not be able to get Windows 7 drivers for that computer.  Also there're complex ways of getting around this, but you normally want to install the latest version of Windows last.
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First download the latest version of EasyBCD with automated diagnostics: Attachment 42143 Try again adding XP.

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It looks as if you have Windows 7 on a logical drive. While it is possible to boot to Windows on a logical drive, it would require the 100MB system partition Windows 7 creates on installation.

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Quote: Originally Posted by BillRob

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A:Windows vista dual boot?

Originally Posted by Kidfork

Ok so my origional operating system was windows 2000? So i partitioned the drive and made room for vista. Installed on that partition and now i dont have an option to boot into 2000. Theres no option to boot into 2000. Any ideas, i tried EasyBCD but i kept getting NTLDR errors?

recover windows 2000 with the install cd and that will get your OS back, now you will have a problem with booting to vista, you need to then put your vista dvd in and fix your booting sequence from there, works like a charm
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How do I get rid of the XP dual boot menu and just go directly straight on with Vista?
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RegWorks tells me I have numerous errors, but I am still waiting answers from them.
The attachment gives full details as requested, but typing in "Perfmon/report" gave zero results.
Can you help

A:Dual Boot Vista - Windows 7

Start with a hard drive test with SeaTools:
Log Name: System
Source: disk
Date: 2011-10-18T10:10:33.022
Event ID: 7
Task: N/A
Level: Error
Opcode: N/A
Keyword: Classic
User: N/A
User Name: N/A
Computer: Gordon-PC
The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block.[/code]Also, open a command prompt and run:
chkdsk /r
Download the latest driver package from ATI's site and install it:

You might also run driver verifier:

Finally, run the three Prime95 tests: Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums

...Summary of the dumps:


Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Wed Oct 19 14:08:54.327 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:15:34.703
Probably caused by : pci.sys
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_atikmdag_IMAGE_pci.sys
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 18 12:49:48.839 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:43:53.246
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atikmdag.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atikmdag.sys
Probably caused by : atikmdag.sys
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_IMAGE_atikmdag.sys
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 18 04:48:15.881 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:20:00.231
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+2ef8a )
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x77_c000000e
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x77_c000000e_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+2ef8a
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Thu Oct 13 09:55:52.798 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:57:05.434
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for Ntfs.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+1cf99 )
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x7a_c000000e
PROCESS_NAME: ccsvchst.exe
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x7a_c000000e_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+1cf99
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Wed Oct 12 09:49:32.884 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:28:08.178
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi.sys
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+2ef8a )
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x77_c000000e
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x77_c000000e_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+2ef8a
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 4 07:04:21.586 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:04:48.106
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atapi... Read more
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A:Windows Vista + XP dual boot

I know exactly why this isn't working and you should should forget about dual boot, at least for now that is. Sounds like Vista is set to Recognize AHCI where as you need to Load A driver in order for XP to Load correctly.There is a much easier way for you to do this. Use Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Box (much easier) What this does is allows you to allocate system resources to a Guest operating system inside Windows Vista, that way you don't have to mess arround with Dual booting.Don't get me wrong, dual booting has it's advatages, but I think you would have less Head aches using Virtual PC or Virtual Box.Learn about Virtual PC 2007 here Virtual Box Here:'ll have to load XP by Mounting the Optical Disc, which is explained on both websites, and you can easily set XP to use IDE as it's interface whichwill make life easier for you.Good Luck
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A:Windows Vista, Vista Emulator Or Dual Boot?

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b. custominstall allows you to clean install on the Vista partition
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4. Another way.
5. FORMAT Partition with Vista.
6. that makes it 100% clean.
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A:windows not loading on dual boot system

If want repair vista Do this.

Try this:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

System Repair Disc - Create
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Repair Install


Would like to do a clean of Win 7?
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A:Vista / Windows 7 - Dual boot - Bootloader?

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A:Windows Vista and 7 Dual Boot Issues

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Boot to your Vista Recovery CD

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It doesn't really matter if you set the default OS at Computer>Properties>Advanced>Startup, with about a 5 second timeout since you'll probably already know if you want to boot the other OS and be ready.
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I have an Acer Aspire 5349 Laptop. It came preloaded with Win7 Home Premium x64. I got adventurous and dual-booted with a Vista Ultimate x64 installation on the same hard drive, with 2 partitions. It all works flawlessly, but my experimenting is over, i'm bored, and need my hard drive space back, and want to delete the Vista Partition.

Basically, from Win7, using Disk Management, can i simply delete the partition from the G: (vista) Drive, delete the volume, and then Extend my win7 partition back onto the unallocated space, or do I need to use a third-party software?

Also, will i need to do anything as far as repairing the Windows 7 boot? I know that Vista and 7 share a boot file, so if I delete the Vista partition, will the Win7 boot automatically fix itself, or will i be unable to start up?

Thanks in advance,

A:Windows 7 and Vista Dual Boot Removal

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

If you want to do things properly please check this tutorial: Dual Boot - Delete a OS
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Hello all Having a little issue here though I have a slight workaround to get my system running it's still very annoying and confusing I have a dual boot system I had Samsung GB SSDs and a separate Win x Startup dual on help! upgrade SSD after system, boot repair need installation on each one tweak for Pro Tools DAW I got a brand new Intel GB cheap and did the drive Startup repair after SSD upgrade on dual boot system, need help! clone with EaseUS Todo backup which worked GREAT typing from that Intel SSD install now Here is my problem When I turn on my computer and the dual boot screen comes up it asks which windows I want to load and the timer is seconds and whatever option I pick it says to run startup repair and I can't go any further When I load my startup repair disc and pick either of the Windows installations it says it could not detect any problems and to restart When I restart the default selection timer is back at Startup repair after SSD upgrade on dual boot system, need help! the seconds I originally had before I upgraded the SSD and either Windows Installation loads I've been thinking and thinking and maybe this has something to do with it When I originally installed my SSDs I had the cables swapped and wanted SATA as Win home use and SATA as Win DAW use OCD thing with the numbering and cabling Well I accidentally plugged them in wrong So when I switched to the intel drive I switched my cabling the way I wanted it But the more I think about it the startup repair disc says no errors and when I restart from Startup repair after SSD upgrade on dual boot system, need help! the startup repair options it works until I shut down of course then I need to use the startup disc restart method again Anyways any Ideas Thanks

A:Startup repair after SSD upgrade on dual boot system, need help!

Cloning may have given the same UUID to both W7 drives.
If that happened your PC is probably getting "confused" about which install to start.

I accidentally did this with a Ubuntu partition (on my old setup).
I had Ubuntu partitions on my old and new HDDs.
The Ubuntu partition that responded first was the one that started, not necessarily the one I wanted (i.e. it was totally random which HDD was actually running Ubuntu).

You are supposed to be able to change the UUID, but I have no idea how you do that in W7.

Do you have a access to EasyBCD?
You may be able to fix your issue using it.

There seems to be a free version:
EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

You may want to wait until one of the "boot experts" looks at this thread.
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I'm a little embarrassed to say that I can't figure out which partition holds Windows 8 on my Dual Boot 7/8 system. I want to delete Windows 8 64 bit and reinstall Windows 8 32 bit, then update to Windows 8.1. I'm doing this because the system's old enough that 64 bit 8.1 won't install but maybe 32 bit will. I won't know unless I try.

Soooo . . . I need to figure out which partition Windows 8 is on so I can format the drive and reinstall.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

A:Dual Boot System - Which Partition Holds Windows 8

You will usually find there is a windows flag icon on the drive you are currently booted into.

Or check disk management for the word Boot on one of the partitions - that is the one you are currently in.

Or have a look at the partitions in windows explorer. 8 will have a thing on it called swapfile.sys (you need to have hidden and system files showing to see it ).

When you have figured that out, probably a good idea to label the partitions so you know what they are.
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1. I have Windows XP Sp3 (32bit)
2. I clean installed Windows 7 Professional (64bit) on a different partition for a dual boot.
3. Windows 7 installed nicely. I was on my new desktop.
4. Went to have coffee and chat with the neighbor
5. Came back and the new Windows 7 hung there, and my taskbar disappeared. Desktop with nothing on it.
6. Restarted my system, chose Windows 7 to load, got to the 'windows starting' with the nice colored logo. And then... Black screen and system hang. Tried again, same thing.
7. Reinstalled Windows 7. Got through untill the last part of installation, again got to the logo, and then black screen and system hang.

Now I can't finish installing.
My Xp Sp3 still boots and functions perfectly.

Any sugestions

A:Windows 7 64bit does not install on dual boot system

Probably some installation problems.... I have MacBook Pro and I run OSX Snow Leopard and Windows 7 64 bit without any problems.
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A:Uninstalling Windows 98SE from my Dual boot system?

Hello, EdGreene,

Format the C: drive. That will get rid of Win98. But will also remove the BOOT.INI file which was placed on C: drive, and is needed to boot XP.
So you'll then have to boot with the Win XP CD, and at the first option box that appears, press R for repair. Enter password if any, or if none, press Enter.
Type fixboot

Others might advise you on a better way to do this, so wait awhile.